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Binge Drinking Harmful to Health, says study
Binge Drinking Harmful to Health, says study

Binge Drinking Harmful to Health, says study

According to a new research, drinking four glasses of wine during night can pose a serious damage to health.

Researchers have said that a single alcohol binge can lead to bacterial leakage from the gut and increase levels of bacterial toxins in the blood.

Endotoxins, i.e., increased level of bacterial toxins, damage our immune system. It is present in the cell wall of certain bacteria and is released when cell dies.

Professor Gyongyi Szabo, who led the research, said: “We found that a single alcohol binge can elicit an immune response, potentially impacting the health of an otherwise healthy individual.

“Our observations suggest that an alcohol binge is more dangerous than previously thought.”

To assess the negative impacts of binge drinking, 11 men and 14 women were given enough alcohol to raise their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to at least 0.08g/dl in the space of an hour.

Blood samples were then taken for every 30 minutes for four hours after and then again 24 hours later.

The results, published in the journal PLOS ONE, showed that just one alcohol binge led to a rapid increase in endotoxins in the blood, which causes the body to produce immune cells involved in fever, inflammation and tissue destruction.

The researchers also found evidence of bacterial DNA in the bloodstream, showing that bacteria had entered the gut. This bacteria is then able to travel through the gut walls to other parts of the body.

Women had higher blood alcohol levels compared to men, as well as higher endotoxin levels.

Greater gut permeability and increased endotoxin levels are commonly linked to many of the health problems associated with alcohol consumption, including liver disease.


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