Binge drinking is an addiction that can be deadly and can cause permanent brain damage.
So, how to avoid binge drinking?
If you’re a regular binge drinker, don’t go in with the mindset that you’re drinking a lot of beer and not a lot other drinks, according to a new study.
The study from the University of California, San Francisco, and the University at Buffalo looked at 1,633 binge drinkers over the course of four years, looking at the risk of the next drink they drank to lead to brain damage or death.
The researchers found that the next binge drinkers who drank five or more glasses of wine or beer every day had the same odds of having a brain tumor as someone who only drank one or two glasses of those drinks a day.
The next time you’re tempted to binge, ask yourself the following question: Does drinking a ton of alcohol affect my brain?
The answer is likely yes.
If you are a regular drinker and drinking a large amount of alcohol, you may have brain damage that makes it difficult for you to function at your best.
This study shows that regular drinkers with a history of alcohol abuse can develop the same type of brain damage as someone without a history.
If your drinking habit is causing your brain to damage, talk to your doctor.
Read more about brain injuries at the Mayo Clinic.
SOURCE: University at BUF, Mayo Clinic, and The New York Times article