Home > Medical > Addiction > Alcohol Updated 25 October 2016 SEE: The effects of too much alcohol on the body In what ways can alcohol affect your body? You might be be surprised at some of the side-effects of binge drinking . . . 0 Joshua Carstens Related articles New drug may help curb smoking and drinking According to researchers, an experimental drug might target the same brain areas linked with withdrawal and stress, and have an impact on both tobacco and alcohol use disorders. Who do you think consumes more alcohol – singles or people in relationships? Who do you think consumes more alcohol – singles or people in relationships? Analysing the drinking behaviour of nearly 5000 Americans, scientists have recently found that folks who live together or are married tend to drink less alcohol and drink less often than those who are single or divorced. According to one of the researchers, Diana Dinescu of the University of Virginia, "once you're in a committed relationship, your drinking frequency declines permanently, whereas quantity goes back up if you exit that relationship". Foetal alcohol syndrome is preventable, but not reversible Babies with foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) are characterised by growth retardation, facial and neural abnormalities as well as malformations of other organ systems.