You are currently viewing the International Edition. You can also switch to the Hong Kong Edition.
Monday 6 July 2015

Five-drink binge a ‘serious health risk’

19th May, 2014 by Neal Baker

A one-off instance of heavy alcohol consumption can cause measurable damage to health, scientists from the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) have claimed.

Just four drinks in a two hour period can cause damage (Photo: David Wilbanks)

Just four drinks in a two hour period can cause damage (Photo: David Wilbanks)

A single alcohol binge causes bacteria to leak from the gut and leads to increased levels of toxins in the blood, according to the study carried out at the UMASS Medical School.

And this damage could be caused by fewer drinks than expected, with “binging” being defined by the study as four or more drinks for women and five or more for men consumed over a two-hour period.

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

If that's interesting, how about these?

Tour de l'Oc raises £30k for charity

Last month’s Tour de l’Oc bicycle challenge across France has raised over more...

UK reviewing alcohol intake guidelines

Health officials are to review the government's drinking guidelines, as more...

Pub landlord kills customer with ironing board

A pub landlord has been found guilty of killing a wealthy American customer by more...

Hatch Mansfield – Brand Manager

London, United Kingdom

Competitive salary

WOSA woos UK indies and on-trade

Wines of South Africa has announced plans for a new UK trade tasting later this more...

Red wine could help fight depression

A component found in the skins of red grapes could be used to treat depression more...

Bilingual 'tool' demystifies wine tasting

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority has developed a new "tool" which more...

PR Senior Account Manager/Director

London, United Kingdom

Depending on experience

Californian wine struggling with supply

There is a "growing mismatch" between supply and demand that is badly hampering more...

UK vineyards included in tax relief scheme

Winemakers in the UK will be able to benefit from income tax changes for the more...

Tesco sales take a tumble despite price cuts

Tesco's like-for-like sales fell by 1.3% in the three months to 30 May, an more...

London Sales Manager / Key Account Manager

London, United Kingdom

Competitive - depending on skills and experience

How to drink like a billionaire

With access to tropical islands, private yachts and the best food and drink more...

Wine from Napoleon’s carriage to be sold

A bottle of wine apparently found in Napoleon’s carriage after Waterloo – more...

English fizz attracts new deal

English sparkling wine producer Jenkyn Place has stepped up its ambitions by more...

Business Development Executive

London, United Kingdom

£25-£30K + benefits, depending on experience

UK customs seize 550,000 litres of alcohol

More than 550,000 litres of illegal beer, wine and spirits have been seized by more...

Winemaker fined $35k over toxic waste

An Australian winemaker has been fined AUS$35,000 (£17,000) after he was found more...

Lidl hints at plans for online wine shop

UK supermarket Lidl has not ruled out launching an online wine shop, reporting more...

Social Media Editor

Competitive

Sud de France launches Wine Hub

An "innovative" tool designed to support wine producers and importers operating more...

Top 10 wines in the US press

A Texan Albariño, NY Riesling and Californian Syrah are among the wine tips more...

Accolade's Fish Hoek goes Fairtrade

South Africa's Fish Hoek is to go Fairtrade from the 2015 vintage, becoming more...

Warehouse Supervisor

London, United Kingdom

£27,000-£30,000 depending on experience

Beaujolais pushes for sparkling AOC

Beaujolais is trying to gain AOC status for its sparkling wines which, with it more...

Fire devastates New Zealand winery

A fire has ripped through a New Zealand winery destroying its offices, kitchen more...