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All Gupta'd out? Don't be tempted to binge drink the news away…

by , 13 May 2013

The recent four-day Gupta wedding held in a booked out Sun City has been the talk of the country for days. But the Gupta family's outrageous demands to use political contacts to lay out the red carpet for wedding guests isn't the worst of it - now it turns out one of the policemen arrested for escorting the guests was arrested years ago for drinking on duty. Here's why you shouldn't follow this example of binge drinking.

 
The main topic when people discuss the Gupta wedding is the fact that nearly 200 wedding guests on board a privately chartered jet made an unauthorised landing at the Waterkloof Air Force Base, says EyeWitnessNews.
 
But another fact’s come to light this week that’s causing citizens across the country to shake their heads…
 
One of the Tshwane Metro Police officers arrested for escorting the Gupta wedding guests was arrested several years ago for binge drinking while on duty, for drinking in a pub in the early hours of the morning – in uniform.
 
But it’s not just his reputation on the line.
 
The binge drinking officer probably doesn’t realise just how bad binge drinking is for your health.
 
Here’s why you should limit your binge drinking!
 
See, binge drinking could lead to alcohol poisoning, liver damage or even death. 
 
Now, it’s been found that binge drinking just once a week also increases your risk of developing Type II diabetes, says MedicalDaily.
 
But did you realise you’re probably a binge drinker yourself?
 
Because a few decades ago, binge drinking meant drinking alcohol heavily over several days. 
 
The definition of ‘binge drink’ has changed…
 
Now, a ‘binge drink’ is considered as heavy drinking of alcohol over a short period of time, says the Health Promotion Board
 
How much alcohol counts as binge drinking?
 
Today, the generally accepted definition of binge drinking is “the consumption of five or more alcohol drinks in a row by men — or four or more drinks in a row by women — at least once in the previous two weeks,” says KidsHealth
 
And heavy binge drinking includes three or more such episodes in two weeks.
 
If this sounds like you and you’re worried it’s turning into an addiction, remember that any addiction leads to cravings that you just can’t ignore, says MedicalNewsToday.
 
So if you’ve unwittingly been binge drinking, take it easy from now on and remember to drink a glass of water before – and after – you drink alcohol.
 
This is the best way to keep your body hydrated and prevent a hangover, says FSPHealth.
 



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