Binge drinking is popular among college students and can be fatal, even without the person losing consciousness. Those at risk of alcohol poisoning are people who struggle with alcoholism, college students, and those who take medication. Some signs of alcohol poisoning are slowed breathing, seizures, confusion, vomiting, and low body temperature. An alcohol overdose can lead to permanent brain damage.
According to Dr. Gomathinayagam Kandasami, chief of the Addiction Medicine Department of the National Addictions Management Service, “Because alcohol is so easily available and part of our culture, many people may be drinking at dangerous levels without seeking help, as it has already become a part of their lifestyle.”
Binge drinking leads to injuries, such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, and lowering of body temperature. Binge drinking leads to an increased risk of child abuse, domestic violence, high blood pressure, heart attack, and inflammation of vital organs. Alcohol affects the central nervous system, causes slow breathing, and lowers heart rate. It also interferes with the gag reflex, which increases the risk of choking on vomit. Blood alcohol levels can continue to rise even if a person passes out.
In addition to alcohol dependence and addiction, heavy drinkers are at higher risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. The brain relies on a balance of chemicals and processes and alcohol alters brain chemistry. Alcohol is a depressant, which means it can disrupt that balance, affecting thoughts, feelings, actions, and sometimes long-term mental health.
Alcohol affects the way the brain functions. When high levels of alcohol are involved, a negative emotional response will take over. Alcohol can be linked to aggression and make a person angry, aggressive, anxious or depressed. When a person drinks too much alcohol, taking a cold shower, drinking coffee, or walking it off will not reverse the effects of alcohol poisoning.
Binge drinking leads to serious health complications, is deadly, and requires urgent medical treatment. If you or a loved one is drinking too much or exhibiting the signs of alcohol addiction, do not be afraid to seek help. Addiction is complex but a life can be saved by getting help today.
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