Physical effects of light and binge drinking

Medical Problem

Light-Moderate Drinking

Binge Drinking and Hangovers

Liver Disorders

Changes in liver function.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Diarrhea.

Heart Disease

Beneficial. May help reduce risk for heart disease caused by blockage of arteries.

High Blood Pressure. Increased heart rate. Heart rhythm disturbances.

Stroke

Beneficial: May help reduce risk for ischemic stroke (strokes caused by blockage in the arteries to the brain.)

Hemorrhagic Stroke.

Cancer

Associated with higher risk for breast cancer in women.

Associated with higher risk for breast cancer in women.

Neurologic or Mental Disorders

Insomnia. Headache.

Memory impairment and problems in thinking and concentration.

Genital and Reproductive Problems.

Increase sexual drive (although even modest drinking can cause impotence in men).

Any drinking during pregnancy increases risk for birth defects.

Any drinking during pregnancy increases risk for birth defects.

Diabetes

Possibly beneficial, though associated with hypoglycemia.

Hypoglycemia.

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