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What Happens To Your Body When You Binge Drink?

man showing the effects of binge drinking on the body

At Rockland Recovery Treatment Center, you can receive early treatment for alcoholism. Our alcohol addiction treatment program can prevent long-term damage related to binge drinking and your body. The earlier you receive care for your addiction, the better off you are in your efforts to maintain your recovery.

What Is Binge Drinking?

If you drink enough at one time to raise your blood-alcohol level (BAC) by 0.08 g/dL, you have engaged in binge drinking. For women, this tends to be four or more drinks, while men can typically handle five drinks due to their body composition being a larger size.

We have both a men’s rehab center and a women’s rehab center to meet the different sexes’ different mental and emotional needs. Binge drinking tends to be an early indicator of alcoholism. Get help before you start the downward spiral into months or years of addiction. If you or a loved one tend to binge drink, heed the warnings and seek help.

Binge Drinking and Your Body

After a hard test, difficult day at work, or fight with your spouse, you may hit the local bars to blow off steam. However, this can quickly turn into binge drinking that stress is your body and can lead to an addiction. Even a single night of drinking has serious repercussions for your health.

When you have too much to drink, it takes a toll on different parts of your body. Seek help through our women’s and men’s addiction treatment programs and groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

Alcoholism and Your Brain

Binge drinking can lead to alcoholism. Alcohol actually changes your brain matter and interrupts the pathways between your neurons. This changes your behavior and mood and results in difficulty walking, speaking, and controlling your bladder.

Impact of Binge Drinking on the Heart

Even one night of binge drinking can damage your heart, sometimes in irreversible ways. Here are some of the possible effects of drinking too much when it comes to your heart:

  • Cardiomyopathy (drooping heart muscle)
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Arrhythmias

Problems With Liver Function

One of the main issues with binge drinking and your body stems from alcohol’s impact on the liver. This organ processes alcohol. However, when you binge drink, your liver has a hard time metabolizing all the alcohol, causing the level of alcohol in your bloodstream to increase.

Following binge drinking, your liver can become inflamed and cause these problems:

  • Steatosis (fatty liver)
  • Fibrosis (hardened liver)
  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis (liver scarring)

Impact of Alcoholism on the Pancreas

Even a single night of binge drinking can trigger the pancreas to create toxic substances. This can lead to a swelling of blood vessels in the organ, which your body relies on for proper digestion. Further, continual binge drinking can lead to pancreatitis, a life-threatening condition.

Cancer

The more you drink, the higher your risk for alcohol-related cancer becomes.

Binge drinking can increase your risk of these types of cancer:

  • head and neck
  • liver
  • throat (esophageal)
  • breast

Get Help Early

At Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers, we have an excellent team of counselors and staff members who can help you better understand the impact of binge drinking and your body. If you are ready to take back control of your body and rid it of toxic alcohol, we can help.

We don’t compare you to other clients, and your treatment plan will address your specific needs. If you have underlying conditions such as mental health disorders that trigger your binge drinking, we can help you address those before developing full-blown alcoholism. Get the help you need and the support you deserve at Rockland Recovery Treatment Center in Massachusetts.

Contact us at 855.732.4842 for more information on binge drinking and your body and receive addiction treatment today.

Medically Reviewed by Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Kate is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked in the field of substance abuse for the last nine years. At Rockland Recovery, Kate works to provide resources to the local community and engage and progress Rockland Recovery’s alumni program.

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