Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Listen to Auntie Star--Binge drinking not great for you

You've heard the expression, "New Year's Eve is for amateurs"? Lots of people feel obliged to drink a lot of this one night--especially the younger ones with enough zip to go out and party.

Binge drinking is defined as enough to get you to the 0.08 blood alcohol illegal to drive. Four drinks for women, five for men, in two hours. One in six adults does this four times a month!

But, according to Loyola, binge drinking in young adults can interfere with the immune system.

In the study, published in ALCOHOL, a peer-reviewed journal, binge drinking increased the likelihood of falls, burns, gunshot wounds, car wrecks, and other traumas. One-third of trauma patients have alcohol in their systems.

And, if that were not enough, the alcohol impedes the ability of the body to heal from such injuries and fight off germs and viruses.

You can read the study protocol in the journal, but basically they gave volunteers vodka sufficient to equal binge drinking and studied changes in the immune system (blood tests).

Anyhow, I am sure you know this is probably true--too much of a good things can be a bad thing.

Happy New Year! (Please don't hate me for being an old scold.)

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