October 20th, 2014
In western society, the consumption of alcohol is associated with celebrations, festivities and as a means to commemorate special events. However it is one thing to have the occasional glass of wine or beer, but when the drinking becomes excessive, it becomes a cause for concern. Binge drinking, which refers to drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time, has been shown to have both short-term, as well as long-term, negative effects.
Frequently consumption of alcohol can possibly lead to alcohol dependence. Having a physical or psychological dependence to alcohol, continued consumption of alcohol despite significant dysfunction as the result of alcohol consumption, as well as evident hardship due to alcohol consumption are all signs of alcohol dependence.
In cases of extreme binge drinking, alcohol toxicity can occur which can result in coma.
In addition to the direct effects both short-term and long-term alcohol consumption have on the body, there are indirect effects which can be equally as devastating, such as:
For most, drinking responsibly is a way to help reduce tension and relax. When consumed in moderation and under controlled circumstances, it can be an enjoyable compliment to an already great experience. It is essential to practice responsible drinking both for the safety of yourself and others around you.
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