study found binge drinking double risk death

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Published on March 10th, 2014

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A study has found that Binge Drinking could double your risk of death

A study found that ‘moderate drinkers’ who drank most of their weekly alcohol units in one go were twice as likely to die prematurely as those who drank the same amount overall, but spread their drinking out throughout the week.

Binge drinking or heavy episodic drinking is a modern epithet for drinking alcoholic beverages with the primary intention of becoming intoxicated by heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time.

The study was conducted by American specialists from several research institutions and will appear in May in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

The results show that occasional episodes of massive alcohol consumption (binge drinking) have a strong adverse impact on health, it is a public health problem whose importance has been neglected so far and are harmful at any age, but especially in older adults.

Researchers have been studying 446 adults aged 55 to 65 years, with various alcohol related behaviors that have been followed for over 20 years.

74 of them consumed alcohol in moderate amounts, but rarely engaging in heavily binge drinking episodes (defined as drinking 4 glasses of alcoholic beverages in a row by women, and five glasses for men), and 372 regularly consume alcohol in moderate amounts.

The study to be published in May warns it is not just how much we drink but how we drink that matters

In a period of 20 years, persons in the first group 54 deaths occurred (61 %) and the among the second group 137 deaths (37 %).

The conclusion was that people who drink less frequently, but more suddenly have a death risk two times higher than those who drank the same amount of alcohol but consumed over  a longer period.

Occasionally massive consumption of alcohol is therefore more harmful to the organism. The researchers explained that such a mass consumption of alcohol causes toxic effects on concentration and is associated with increased mortality due to lesions in the organs and an increased risk of accident.

‘Binge drinking may be additionally risky for older adults due to aging-related elevations in comorbidities as well as medication use’, added Prof Holahan.

These effects are more dangerous to older persons because of the association with some chronic diseases and age - alcohol interaction with drugs commonly used by these people.

Source: Mail Online

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