Apparently, binge drinking can damage more than just your judgment.
A study, conducted in 2014, found that in addition to the potential for “alcoholism, long-term heart disease, and generally all-around poor decision making,” binge drinking “can apparently also kill your immune system.”
The study, led by Loyola University Chicago’s Dr. Majid Afshar, focused on the effect to the immune system of drinking four or five shots of hard liquor in just a few hours.
“When dealing with the effects of alcohol, [people] don’t consider the binge pattern. Having four to five drinks in a matter of a few hours is considered normal,” Afshar adds, “but we showed that just one episode of a binge like this causes disruptions in the immune system, and can potentially play a role in the way people respond to illness.”