After a long, boring day at the office, all I want is to saddle up to the bar with a friend and drink some beers.
When you work a 9-to-5 job every day, the weeknights can be incredibly boring, and it can be nice to spice up the evening by getting a little tipsy with friends.
Unfortunately, it’s pretty easy to overdo it.
When I hear the word binge drinking, the first thing I think of are college broskis crushing beers and playing pong in their dirty yard during the middle of the day.
But, binge drinking is way more general than that.
According to the CDC, binge drinking is simply when women have four or more drinks in two hours and when men have five or more drinks in two hours.
It’s a pattern of over-consuming alcohol, in which your blood alcohol content rises to 0.08 percent or above.
In the US, binge drinking is most common among people 26 years or older, accounting for about 70 percent of the population that binge drinks.
The short-term effects of binge drinking are basically just the side effects of being drunk: slurred speech, impaired judgement, distorted vision, etc.
Sometimes, those short-term effects can feel kind of fun, even though we know the end result in never good.
The long-term effects, however, can be incredibly damaging to our bodies and minds.
To me, that’s the most frightening part about binge drinking: It’s so accepted in our culture, but no one ever talks about what it does to us in the long run.
To learn more about these long-term effects (they’re all negative), watch the video above.
And the next time you go to reach for a nice cool beer after a long day of work, remember what can happen to your body after a few drinks.