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Can Occasional Binge Drinking Lead To Alcoholism
Possibly: Traditional alcoholics drink every day or risk going into withdrawal. Binge drinking over time can easily develop into daily drinking, however. The destructive effects of binge drinking are substantial and include health problems, potential legal problems, and relationship problems. Binge drinkers need to ask themselves why they overindulge and try to find strategies to quit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Visibly, it is continuing to drink in ways that are "out of control" despite negative consequences.It is a metabolic disorder where alcohol is not processed normally. Over time tolerance develops, (it takes more to get the desired effect). In later stages there are often withdrawal symptoms when you stop, but not always. Many relapse after abstaining for a while, esp. ...Read more
I read that binge drinking in college can lead to heart problems later. If someone stops and makes lifestyle changes, will heart heal itself?
Memory loss: The most serious medical consequences which can occur as a result of binge drinking are neurological. One can have potentially fatal seizures during the withdrawal phase. If one is not adequately nourished, the areas of the brain involved in memory formation may be damaged permanently (wernicke korsakoff syndrome). Of course there are social consequences, like relationship or legal problems, too! ...Read more
Depression: Alcoholism is known to cause depression and anxiety among other problems. Not much good to say about alcoholism in any form. Increases risk for high-blood pressure, certain cancers, sleep apnea, heart disease, etc. You need to get help. Reach out to someone. http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Binge drinking: "according to the national institute on alcohol abuse & alcoholism binge drinking is defined as a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol concentration (bac) level to 0.08% or more. This pattern of drinking usually corresponds to 5 or more drinks on a single occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on a single occasion for women, generally within about 2 hours." http://www.Cdc.Gov. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple: Binge drinking is considered alcoholism. There are many harmful consequences of excessive drinking. Liver failure is an obvious one. But it can also cause cardiac rhthym disorders (such as atrial fibrillation, a.K.A "holiday heart"). It can cause hypertension, depression, erectile dysfunction, insomnia & increases risk for certain cancers. Bottom line is alcoholism of any form is harmful. ...Read more
Bad: It can be just as bad if not worse then drinking a six-pack a day. It's alcohol abuse either way. Both can lead to cirrhosis, dementia, increase risk for various cancers, increase risk for gastrointestinal bleeding, depression, high blood pressure..On and on. It's alcoholism no matter how you slice it. You should get help before it's too late. ...Read more
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