Does the occasional binge drinking session do long term liver damage?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I have no problem in admitting the fact that I am a recovering alcoholic. Binge drinking occasionally is alot different than a 4 year DAILY binge. I have had tests done on my liver over the past 6 months and even after THAT binge I have managed to avoid liver damage. Enjoy your binges, just don't start them at 6:00 am daily for 4 years like me. AND remember that every ones body is different. Some people cause themselves diabetes due to the amounts of sugar that are fermented to create alcohol. If you binge occasionally, eat and drink (water etc) properly when you don't and you will be OK., TAKE IT FROM A PRO.

    Enjoy, and don't come to see me in A.A cause you followed my path and let the binge become an obsession.

  • maysey
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    3 years ago

    Binge Drinking And Liver Damage

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  • 1 decade ago

    Personally, whilst your young, I don't think Binge drinking can do any long term damage (Though it's not exactly healthy) as long as you don't drink to an excess more than once a week - after all, your body can repair itself. I know a few people that do it two or three times a week for over a couple of years and they're suffering no ill affects and it was said a couple of weeks ago that alcohol does not damage brain cells!

    I wouldn't recommend binge drinking, no one would, but I'm sure it cannot hurt once in a while. Get away with it while your young (sorry, I don't know how old you are!), hundreds of young people have proably done far worse than the occasional binge. The only ill effects of binge drinking seem to be violence, rowdiness and property damage for other people - though it's only a minority!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, one night of "binge drinking" can do permanent damage to your liver. I don't the exact definition of a binge - its different for men and women - but I believe its about 4 drinks over a few hours.

    Other than an acute fatty liver, which is caused by a night of drinking and can be reversible, you can get a much more dangerous disease - acute alcoholic hepatitis. It can be caused by just one night of drinking, and it can be fatal in both the short term (dead in a few days) or the long term, particularly if it progresses to include the kidneys in what is called hepatorenal syndrome.

    And that's not to mention the long term effects. Its just not worth it.

  • CCBB
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Depends on your age, gender, size, genetics, and any pre-existing conditions.

    Binge drinking - drinking 5 or more drinks for a man and 4 or more drinks for a woman in one sitting is a major public health concern, according to the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Alcohol poses long-term damage to the brain. You may only be drunk occasionally, but your brain will suffer long-term. Alcohol kills brain cells, creates depression, causes a greater need for alcohol over time, and raises blood sugar, thus posing a risk for adult-onset diabetes. Concerning liver damage, it is hard to say. Genetics, age, other drug use, size, and overall health can be a major factor in determing this. But it will NOT do your liver any good.

    Alcohol has also been linked to a wide range of illnesses, such as the increased risk of mouth, pharyngeal and oesophageal cancers (this risk being greatly increased if combined with smoking). Furthermore, alcohol probably increases the risk of colorectal and breast cancer.

    And the list doesn't stop there: high blood pressure, gastrointestinal complications, such as gastritis, ulcers, and the depletion of certain vitamins and minerals can all be caused by alcohol consumption (this depletion can damage your liver).

    All in all, alcohol in huge amounts, even occassionally, does not do your health, looks, or budget any good.

    Drink in Moderation!!

    Be Careful!

  • 1 decade ago

    The amount of alcohol that the liver can safely flush is actually quite minimal 1 -1/2 oz every two hours. So yes, depending on what a "binge" looks like to you

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. Although it depends on how much is in a "binge" and how often "occasional" is. Binge drinking can potentially cause devastating damage to the liver.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Sure. Binge drinking does horrible things to your body. Liver, kidney, heart, stomach, esophagus....all of those can be damaged beyond repair. Meaning you can die.

    Did you know that ever if you only drink twice a month (or less)....but when you do drink, you drink and drink and drink......you are an alcoholic. You don't have to drink everyday to be one. But whenever you do drink, and you can't stop.....you need help.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    well if binge drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks in a sitting then everytime i drink i binge drink cause i drink to get drunk and a night out is usually an 8 drink minimum for me- i dont know what the effects on the liver are for this but i guess some of my best times have been "binge drinking" so screw it, and screw my liver

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