Short-term health effects, or "co-risks"
- Mood swings
- Accidents and injuries
- Diminished academic performance
- Legal trouble
- Stong correlation between alcohol misuse and mental health diagnoses - alcohol can exacerbate symptoms of those with mental health diagnoses
Long-term health effects
Most Stanford students won't experience chronic, long-term health problems as a result of their drinking. However, frequent binge drinking can result in dependency and/or chronic health problems such as cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, damage to heart, liver and brain, impairments in cognitive functioning, stomach/esophagus/mouth ulcers or bleeding. Recent research on brain development indicates that binge drinking can damage brain tissues and over time impair typical emotional and social development.
Remember: alcohol is never an excuse for your behavior. You are still held accountable for what you do under the influence.