Love going out for a drink after a long week at work? Well, you might want to rethink your weekend plans. It seems that our drinking habits are literally killing us.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six adults binge drink every single weekend and our health is taking a major hit for it. Just to give you an idea of what that means, binge drinking is defined as 5+ drinks for a man or 4+ drinks or a woman in two hours or less.
‘Heavy binge drinking by those who habitually consume alcohol is the most common cause of liver damage in chronic alcoholic liver disease,’ said Professor Shivendra Shukla, the Margaret Proctor Mulligan professor of medical pharmacology and physiology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
‘We know that this behavior causes large fatty deposits in the liver that ultimately impair the organ’s ability to function properly. However, we wanted to understand the mechanism that causes this damage and the extent of the harm. Our research focused on different forms of alcohol abuse and the results of those behaviors.’
‘Drinking alcohol excessively can create an inflammatory response to the liver and other organ system in the body,’ she added. ‘If those organs work at a lower level of function, then a whole host of physiological processes can be affected.
‘It is important for us to understand the extent of damage caused by alcohol abuse, which also can lead to other health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer.’
Bottom line: Keep it sensible and your future self will thank you.