Health Effects


Drinking alcohol within the recommended guidelines significantly reduces your risk of alcohol-related harm. However, binge drinking and continuous heavy drinking can have a significant impact on health and wellbeing.

Binge drinking can be immediately harmful to your health. It can expose you to injury or allow you to take unnecessary risks resulting in harm to yourself and others. As well as having adverse short-term effects, binge drinking can also affect your long term health and wellbeing.

Binge drinking may cause a number of the physical effects, including:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Shakiness
  • Vomiting
  • Memory loss
  • Injury
  • Alcohol poisoning

Continuous heavy drinking over a long period of time can lead to:

  • A dependence on alcohol, both physically & psychologically
  • Significant damage to the liver and brain
  • An increased risk of cancer of the mouth, throat or oesophagus
  • Possible increased risk of neurological disorders, heart problems, and sexual problems (especially male impotency)
  • Emotional and mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety
  • Problems maintaining relationships

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