Binge drinking is a form of excessive alcohol consumption, where the drinker’s goal is to get intoxicated and stay intoxication for long periods of time (for hours or days, or in more extreme cases, weeks). This behavior has become so common all over the world, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about one in every six adults bring drinks four times a month.
Shivendra Shukla, lead author of a study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine on the effects of alcoholism and binge drinking on the body, said, “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 systems in the body…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.” – University of Missouri School of Medicine
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