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Your Body on Booze: The Damage Done by Excessive Drinking

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Did you go a little overboard with the spiked egg nog over the holidays? Swill a little too much bubbly on New Years Eve?

That’s perfectly alright—according to medical experts, drinking in moderation won’t typically do long-term damage, as long as you don’t make getting trashed a regular habit. However, excessive drinking and binge drinking affects the body in these seven ways…

1. Your Liver on Booze

You likely already know that heavy drinking can have a negative impact on your liver. For instance, regular bouts of binge drinking can cause liver inflammation, cirrhosis (or late stage scarring or fibrosis due to alcoholic hepatitis), and fatty liver (or steatosis).

The liver is responsible for filtering bodily toxins, which means ingesting too much liquor, sugar, and junky bar food can cause pollutants to accumulate and clog the organ from performing it’s purifying duties.

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