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“The rest of the time, I now realised, I was drinking for the sake of drinking, due to social pressure, insecurity or, most often, because I couldn’t think of anything else to do. Madness.
“Some days, and even weeks, I don’t do so well, but I’ve learnt not to berate myself and give up trying. I just refocus and get things back on track.”
Drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short space of time can harm your health both in the short-term and the long-term. Of course, the long-term effects of alcohol drinking are far more serious, and can put individuals at risk of the following:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Liver cancer
- Bowel cancer
- Mouth cancer
- Breast cancer
But the shorter-term effects should not be underestimated. The NHS explains that people who binge drink (drink heavily over a short period of time) are more likely to behave recklessly and are at greater risk of being in an accident.