How Binge Drinking Threatens Lives

How Binge Drinking Threatens Lives

How Binge Drinking Threatens Lives

At age 29, esteemed actor and filmmaker Bradley Cooper found himself at a crossroads. He was facing death before his 30th birthday if he continued drinking. He chose to stop drinking.

Famous personalities are not the only ones affected by alcohol abuse. According to Affinity Health, South Africans are also drinking themselves to death.

Our country ranks among some of the worst in the world for its levels of binge drinking. When it comes to road deaths, we have a tragic reputation for the number of fatalities resulting from drunk driving.

What Are the Dangers of Binge Drinking?

Alcohol abuse: Even occasional drinking can have adverse effects on your health. It turns out that nearly three million people die worldwide from alcohol abuse each year. Alcohol is known to affect the liver, but did you know that it has deteriorating effects on the kidneys, heart and brain?

Alcohol doesn’t only affect the physical body but lowers inhibitions. People who are under the influence of alcohol usually take more significant risks. Many bad decisions have been made after a few cold ones.

Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks in about two hours for men, or four or more drinks for women. Casual drinking is around three drinks a week.

Binge drinking can threaten your life in any of the following ways:

  • Hangovers
  • Memory lapses
  • Shock
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Intoxication
  • Liver damage
  • Dehydration
  • Unconsciousness
  • Fatigue
  • Organ damage
  • Cell damage
  • Gastrointestinal imbalances
  • Overdosing
  • Seizures
  • Mental confusion
  • Involuntary vomiting
  • Extreme changes in heart rate
  • Choking
  • Cancer

How Much More Do People Drink Over Easter?


South Africa was noted as the worst country in the world for drunk driving. This is evident from a large number of deaths on the road, particularly over long weekends. Most of the road accident deaths in this country are caused by drunk driving.

The wave of binge drinking over Easter is so high that South Africa has spent the past 2 years without alcohol over the Easter weekend.

In 2020, alcohol was completely banned due to the level 5 hard lockdown response to the onset of COVID-19. In 2021, a partial ban prohibited the takeaway sales of alcohol over the Easter weekend.

Lifting all alcohol bans leads to a critical upsurge in the number of people admitted to casualty for emergency stabilisation. This puts extra pressure on South Africa’s healthcare systems and treating facilities.

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