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What Happens To Your Body When You Binge Drink On St. Patrick's Day

Posted: 03/16/2012 2:55 pm EDT

By Dr. Natasha Turner for

If you are doing a countdown to St. Patrick's Day on your calendar with images of pints and shots dancing in your head, you may want to consider the effects that night of binge drinking will do on your body first. While drinking moderately has many documented benefits, a night of too-heavy drinking can have negative consequences on your liver, brain function, immune system and of course, belly fat.

Stresses Your Liver
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While alcohol is a known stress for your liver, what many people may not know that as a result, it can affect everything from body composition and skin health to allergies and PMS. Since the liver breaks down estrogen, alcohol consumption, drug use, a fatty liver, liver disease and any other factor that impairs healthy liver function can spur an estrogen build-up.

In fact, research shows that even one alcohol drink can spark an increase in estrogen production. Your liver must continually metabolize, detoxify and excrete hormone breakdown products via the bile into the digestive tract for removal from the body at an optimal rate. If you want to try to prevent this spike in estrogen with boozing, take a high potency B complex containing folic acid before you drink and when you come, home, along with two large glasses of water.

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