Binge drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks for men or 4 or more drinks for women in one sitting lasting 2 hours. 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of liquor qualify as a drink.
Increased risk of car accidents and behavior-related injuries are common among teens and adults who binge drink. Long-term organ damage, especially to the liver is typical.
A single binge drinking episode can cause gut bacteria to die, releasing endotoxins which spike to levels that trigger immune cells to cause fever, inflammation and tissue death.
Females have higher levels of these circulating endotoxins than do men so binge drinking is more dangerous for females.
Teach your kids about the dangers of binge drinking and the life-long complications that can result.
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