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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking is defined as "a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol levels to 0.08 g/dL, which typically occurs after four drinks for women and five drinks for men—in about 2 hours."
That's important to know, because, on any given weekend, most of us are, by definition, binge drinking.
While getting sloshed can be fun, we all know that the hangover afterwards sucks. Even more important, though, are the short- and long-term effects that binge drinking can have on one's body, which is broken down in this quick video from Elite Daily
As the video shows, the short-term effects of binge drinking are what most of us experience anytime we get drunk—impaired judgement, slurred words, sleepiness, among other things. It's the long-term effects that we should be most concerned about.
According to the Alcohol Rehab Guide, some of the long-lasting side effects of binge-drinking are things like brain damage, liver disease, stroke, heart problems, cancer and even infertility.
With an estimated 70 percent of all binge drinkers coming from individuals aged 26 and older, per Alcohol Rehab Guide, and the damage it does on one's body, it might be smart to skip happy hour for the gym, and then meet up with your buddies to drink in moderation from now on.
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