Binge drinking may be considered an action that could ultimately result in serious health consequences for any age or gender in the long run. Most people may associate binge drinking with emotional disturbances, while others may relate to it as being a fun activity. Binge drinking may be a popular activity commonly witnessed at parties, but it may also be an activity that is presumed to be engaged in secretly among those who are struggling to deal with controlling the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Either way, binge drinking may impose a major health risk that may not be apparent for women at first, but may be presumed to eventually lead to unfavorable consequences, if the behavior is not modified before permanent damages are done. Although every woman may be considered to have a different physical reaction to binge drinking than others, it may be assumed that heavy drinking still imposes risky ramifications, more so for women than it may be for men.
Because it is assumed that most men may weigh more than women, the amount of alcohol consumption that would be considered as “safe” for women may vary greatly than men. When taking into consideration the difference in body weight between most women and men, women may be believed to have less water, as part of the female biochemical makeup. By having less water as part of the female anatomy, this may mean that women are more predisposed to incurring damages to the internal organs, due to the residual of alcoholic beverages that are not being properly flushed out of the system. This may also mean that the body of a woman is more susceptible to toxic byproduct poisoning, which may also lead to health complications related to how the female body breaks down alcohol before it can be eliminated. Researches have also suggested that it may be that postmenopausal women, who engage in binge drinking, are more at risk for developing breast cancer, and even more so for those women who have a family history of this disease.
Fetal alcohol syndrome may as be a risk associated with women who consume an excessive amount of alcoholic beverages, in relation to binge drinking during pregnancy for the unborn fetus. The developmental stages, of the unborn fetus, may be considered to be the most crucial moments, when a woman should take into special consideration what is to be consumed in the body. With fetal alcohol syndrome, binge drinking may increase the chances of the fetus being born with major brain damage and other physical abnormalities in development that may be associated with consuming alcoholic beverages. Although it may have been reported that some infants were born to mothers who consumed alcoholic beverages showed no signs of having an abnormal physical appearance, there may still be slight chances within the structure of the infant’s brain that may be apparent with that of fetal alcohol syndrome. Aside from the concept of binge drinking and its effects on pregnancy, women who may wish to become mothers at some point in time, may also need to become more aware of the enormous risks that may create major problems for conception.
Opinion by Stephanie Tapley