Binge drinking IS high risk drinking...
Shelby's mother: "But now I also have a mother's passion to educate teens about the dangers of alcohol poisoning amid this new culture of binge drinking — a danger many know nothing about, and a danger my family learned about in the hardest way imaginable."
CASE - Center for Alcohol Studies and Education
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Harmful Effects of Alcohol
Alcohol affects the way you feel and it affects all parts of your body. Your brain, lungs, eyes, ears, heart, liver, stomach, pancreas, kidneys, intestines, reproductive system, bones and muscles are all victims of alcohol abuse.
The effects of alcohol on the body are numerous:
- Brain - Alcohol directly affects brain cells. The results: unclear thinking, slurred speech, and staggering. Large consumption of alcohol may cause unconsciousness or death.
- Eyes - Alcohol can cause blurred vision.
- Heart - Alcohol can increase the workload of the heart. The result: irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure.
- Liver - Alcohol can poison the liver. Continued use causes extensive damage and failure.
- Stomach/Pancreas - Alcohol aggravates the digestive system. Consequences may include vomiting and ulcers.
- Kidneys - Alcohol can prohibit the kidneys from preserving a good balance of minerals and body fluids.
- Veins/Arteries - Alcohol widens blood vessels, resulting in headaches and loss of body heat.
- Blood - Alcohol reduces your body's ability to produce blood cells, which in turn triggers anemia and/or infections.