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How Holiday Drinking Can Hurt Your Thinking

*Comments about binge drinking from Dr. Sanam Hafeez of

Tis’ the season to eat, drink and be merry!

As we celebrate the holidays, we often find ourselves joyously hopping from party to party.

At each stop, we consume more and more cocktails.

We all know how lousy we feel after a night of binge drinking, defined as over three drinks within a 3-hour period.

We experience:

dehydration raspy voices headaches feeling sluggish skin breakouts

Whether it’s champagne, wine, spirits, or beer, consumption is higher during this festive time of year.

How does all of this holiday binge drinking hurt our thinking?

What are the effects of binge drinking on the brain?

How can we enjoy a few holiday cocktails without it having terrible (and even embarrassing) consequences?

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD, an NYC-based licensed clinical psychologist teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, shares a list of characteristics associated with binge drinking.

She also explains what happens within the brain leading to these experiences.

Also, check out our collection of quotes about alcohol to inspire responsible drinking.

5 Negative Effects of Holiday Binge Drinking: 1. Personality changes.

Who we are sober may change significantly with alcohol.

According to Hafeez, when we consume alcohol, there’s a quick increase in dopamine, a brain neurochemical responsible for that “high,” feeling that makes a typically shy person hit the dance floor.

“When you exceed three drinks over a 3-hour period, there’s simply more alcohol entering the bloodstream, significantly reducing inhibitions.

This explains how a

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Hafeez Sanam