By Justin Cowart
Oftentimes when you are young, you aren’t always aware of the long term effects of your decisions. You may understand them on an intellectual level, but since you haven’t experienced getting old or suffering from long term chronic diseases, you are left a bit unaware of how your current moment-to-moment decisions lay the foundation for your future health.
On top of that, you can also often forget or just not think about how the healthy habits of eating nutritious food and exercising regularly may be a bit hard at first, but become great habits that can carry you far into the future in the most healthy way possible.
Many of us have experienced the short term consequences of too much drinking when we wake up the next day with a headache, start vomiting, stretch out our sore muscles and feel just plain exhausted, but many of us aren’t aware how 20 or 40 years down the road any of this will matter.
Don’t worry, this article isn’t going to try to convince you to stop drinking all together. If you want to know how to do that, you can read about it here. What we are going to focus on here is binge drinking and how researchers have found a link between overindulging when you are young and serious health concerns you develop when you are older.
How Binge Drinking In Your 20’s Can Be A Disaster For Your Future Health
Just about all of us have had the occasional drink and have been more than fine, but when you get to the point of actually “binge” drinking, then it can become a health hazard. According to the researchers from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre or (CRCHUM), young adults who chose to drink heavily in their 20’s tend to have much higher levels of blood pressure.
Binge drinking – which becomes a reality when you consume 5 or more alcoholic beverages in less than two hours – is quite prevalent. In previous studies that were conducted in the United States and Canada, it was shown that about 4 in 10 young adults from the ages of 18-24 are frequent binge drinkers.
With this new study, the researchers have been able to demonstrate for the first time ever that binge drinking may have a huge effect on blood pressure, which can drastically increase the risk of developing chronic diseases that are related to hypertension, including hypertension itself.
Jennifer O’Loughlin says,
“We found that the blood pressure of young adults aged 20 to 24 who binge drink was 2 to 4 millimetres of mercury higher than non-binge drinkers.
Our findings show that more than one in four young adults who binge drink meet the criterion for pre-hypertension (i.e., a systolic blood pressure between 120 and 139 millimetres of mercury). This is worrisome because this condition can progress to hypertension, which in turn can cause heart disease and premature death.”
This particular study was able to reveal that 85% of all young adults who drink heavily around the age of 20 will maintain this type of behaviour all the way until about 24.
With family and work obligations, binge drinking may become a little less frequent. Yet through this study, other questions that tend to arise include: Is there really a critical time period in which to intervene to prevent hypertension? Will the short-term effects of choosing to binge drink disappear with the act of no longer carrying it out?
While we all wait for the answers to these questions, the old adage tends to apply; “moderation is always in good taste.”
What To Do If You Do Overdrink
If you do find that you have drunk too much and are experiencing a hangover or feel that you will in the morning, we have a juicing recipe to help you recover quickly and start the healing process.
In the end, the best method is prevention. Set healthy limits and ask for your friends assistance in helping you maintain them. If you are drinking at home, purchase less for your party or weekend fun. Before you head to bed, try placing a tablespoon of chia seeds in a glass of water, wait 2 min and then drink them to help keep your body hydrated and prevent issues the next morning.
What do you do to help keep your drinking under control? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.
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