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What are the Short-Term and Long-Term Risks?

Short-term health effects, or "co-risks"

  • Mood swings
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Hangovers
  • 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.