This is what happens to your body when you binge drink

March 21, 2017

Leading into the weekend, many of us look forward to that first glass of wine after work on a Friday, or that beer after footy is over on a Saturday. But more often than not, that glass of wine may lead to a bottle… and that beer ends up being a six pack, plus a scotch and coke or two…

Whilst current Australian guidelines recommend no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women, and no more than two for men, consuming alcohol above these quantities is incredibly common. So, what happens to your body when you binge drink? Here are five things that may make you reconsider reaching for that extra glass.

Weight gain

Whilst drinking alcohol doesn’t directly cause weight gain, chances are if you are a regular binge drinker, you’ll be carrying a few extra pounds. Why? Alcohol stops your body from burning fat, as the liver needs to process it first. Whilst it is high in calories, it can lead to greater hunger and less satiety. And like it can sometimes lead to, er, compromised life choices, it can also lead to poor food choices. Like a sneaky fast food run at 3am. Hey, we’ve all been there.

Bad skin

Alcohol can affect our skin in a number of ways. Firstly, it is a diuretic, meaning it dehydrates us. Those teeny fine lines that are hidden when we are well hydrated suddenly become much more pronounced after a big night. Secondly, it can result in break outs due to the sugar content that many alcoholic drinks contain. Pair this with a dull complexion and a bloated, puffy face as well, and your complexion will be looking lacklustre.

Disease… of more than one type

Drinking more than the recommended daily intake increases risk of a number of different diseases, including heart disease, liver disease and cancer, particularly mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, stomach, bowel, liver and breast cancer. Furthermore, carrying extra weight is a risk factor for alcohol consumption (as mentioned above), but also for development of a number of types of cancer as well.

Originally Published by Body and Soul, continue reading here.

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