Binge Drinking

Binge Drinking
Short-term effects include:
• disturbed sleep and sleeplessness
• feeling stressed
• memory   loss or blackouts
• sweating
• shaking
• loss of appetite
• stomach problems
• anxiety
• impaired judgement which can lead to accidents and injuries
• diarrhoea
• sickness
• bad skin
• weight gain

Regular drinking above the guidelines causes long-term damage to your health.
Alcohol can contribute to:
• raised blood pressure
• liver disease
• cancers, particularly breast cancer   and cancer of the gullet
• mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety
• infertility
• heart disease
• stomach ulcers
• damage to an unborn child
• osteoporosis (thinning of the bones)
• pancreatitis
• stroke
• dementia
• brain damage
Some effects of drinking to excess are not reversible and can cause permanent   damage to your health.

Alcohol poisoning.
The body can only process one unit of alcohol per hour.
Alcohol poisoning
It can:
• slow down your brain functions so you lose your sense of balance
• irritate the stomach which causes vomiting and it stops your gag reflex from working properly; you can choke on, or inhale, your own vomit into your lungs
• affect the nerves that control your breathing and heartbeat, it can stop both
• dehydrate you, which can cause permanent brain damage
• lower the body’s temperature, which can lead to hypothermia
• lower your blood sugar levels, so you could suffer seizures

Consultation from Alcohol strategy

Yet, despite this, the great majority of the population recognise the harm that alcohol causes. They believe that drinking damages health, drives antisocial behaviour, harms children and families and creates huge costs for the NHS and the Police.
However, alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour is unacceptable. The statistics around alcohol and violence are stark.
More than two in five (44%) violent crimes are committed under the influence of alcohol, as are 37% of domestic...