Young adults are drinking a lot more than usual and it's causing serious consequences

 

Let’s be honest: if you’re a young person, you are living in a “young, wild, and free” era. You are engulfed in a culture that emphasizes instant gratification. It’s a thing, as it has been for quite some time, to party until the sun rises. Let’s be honest again…it’s nearly impossible to party all night without mingling with party’s “best friend" Alcohol. Whether its a couple double shots at the bar or too many beers to count, this is becoming the norm for so many young adults. 

The research speaks for itself: more young adults are dying from liver-related issues such as cancer due to binge drinking. What? You mean to tell me that heavy drinking actually has consequences?? Like death?? 

                 

But why is this so shocking? Alcohol is the fourth leading preventable cause of death according to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health. I’m only going to speak for myself when I say that the consequences of binge drinking are pretty obvious. It’s unfortunate that it takes yet another well-circulated study to open the public’s eyes. 

Immediate risks of binge drinking 

A couple reasons why you might immediately regret taken 15 shots tonight.. When binge drinking, if a person consumes too much alcohol in a short amount of time, the body can shutdown. “Even a single binge-drinking episode can result in significant bodily impairment, damage, or death,” according to National Medical Health. All that excess alcohol seeps into your bloodstream, which can cause vital organs such as the heart and liver to altar how they function, which in turn could be bad news for you. 

I literally shiver when I think of how insanely STUPID I was in college when I thought binge drinking was cool. I learned my lesson after being ridiculously hungover for two days. Yes, two days. You know that saying after a crazy night and an even crazier hangover, “I’m never drinking again!”? Well, let’s just say I was 100% serious about that statement. I have since succeeded in not drinking to the point of blacking out and nearly killing my liver.. I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to live a long healthy life.  

Long-term risks of binge drinking 

Diseases such as liver disease, pancreatitis and cancer are knocking on your door if binge drinking is your every weekend, or every-other weekend thing, according to Medical News Today. Other long-term consequences include permanent brain damage, osteoporosis, and malnourishment. 

Advice from a former binge drinker, think it over before you choose to not limit your alcohol intake. A few hours of fun could lead to a lifetime of consequences, a much shorter one at that. 



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