Binge drinking – the risks

You’re at University. You’re young and free to do as you please. No parents to look disapprovingly at you when you crawl in through the front door at 7am as they’re rushing past you heading to work… No-one there to give you grief for having a good time. 

The after-effects of a heavy night on the drink

And lets be honest- we’ve all tried a good binge drinking session once in a while! ‘Lets have a few drinks for lunch..We’ll only have a couple!’…. Nearly always turns into, ‘Just a few more drinks can’t hurt’ and next thing you know, you’re semi-conscious, in a club you don’t remember entering, with some girl or boy that you just can’t seem to remember the name of, throwing your guts up oh so elegantly over the toilet.

'One drink' leads to 'two drinks' leads to 'three drinks' leads to 'floor'

Made it a night to remember, yeah? Hmm… Wouldn’t really appear that way. So what’s the point? ‘Cause it’s quality, and so much fun to not have a clue what your name is or where exactly you’re meant to be heading home tonight? Seems it at the time, but maybe not the next day, when you can’t even remember leaving your house.

Binge drinking is dangerous. Difficult to say to a University student.. I for one feel like a hypocrite! The medical long-term effects of binge drinking regularly are said to be :

  • Pancreatitis
  • Kidney problems
  • Skin problems
  • Infertility
  • Birth defects in children born to women who drink heavily during pregnancy
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Lung, stomach and intestinal problems
  • Weight gain and obesity
  • Impaired brain function
  • Cancer of the tongue, mouth, throat, liver and breast
  • Kinda puts you off having that extra glass of wine or shot of vodka, right?

    ‘Regular binge drinking can lead to disrupted sleep patterns, tiredness, mood swings and difficulty concentrating, as well as depression, anxiety and other mental health problems, including an increased risk of suicide. It can also increase the risk of developing a dependency on alcohol.’

    Maybe that may put you off? You know the risks, maybe slow down a tad when having a heavy night on the town, or drinking plently of water in between to keep yourself hydrated. The risks are dangerous- some claim more dangerous than taking drugs but you can be the judge of that.

    Shots are amongst the worst due to the strength of the alcohol in the straight liquer

    Those who don’t take this advice and continue binge drinking? Well…You can’t say you haven’t been warned!

    Read more at Suite101: The Health Effects of Binge Drinking: Dangers of Binging on Alcohol and What it does to the Body


    About HelenElizabethWalsh

    Iʼm a journalism student at UCLan. This blog is part of my work as part of my Journalism studies at the University of Central Lancashire. You can contact me at View all posts by HelenElizabethWalsh

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