Effects Of Binge Drinking
02/26/19: Alcohol AddictionAlcohol is pretty much a social norm in our world. People drink it for taste and others drink it to have fun. The sad truth is most people more than likely drink to feel the effects of it. Since much of today’s society does this, more and more people are being raised to develop the same exact drinking habits. The amount of abuse that surrounds alcohol is outstanding. People use it to party, to gain some confidence, or just to feel numb from pain. It is one of the most abused substances in the world and there are no signs of it stopping. When this substance is used in excess, it’s called binge drinking. Binge drinking is the most common, costly, and deadly pattern of excessive alcohol consumption. Binge drinking can also be classified as a person’s blood alcohol levels being equal to or greater than 0.08%. To get to this BAC, a person would need to consume 4 or more drinks within 2 hours, which people often do. One study tells us that 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. binge drink at least 4 times a month and this practice is most common with people aged from 18-34. Drinking in excessive amounts like this can have serious health and safety risks. In this blog, we will discuss what binge drinking is, how it can affect you, and how it can be treated.
Binge Drinking DemographicBinge drinking has become culturally acceptable thanks to today’s culture. Since binge drinking has reached the mainstream of people, college students and newly graduated college-aged people are the most common culprits when it comes to binge drinking. Typically, college culture encourages binge drinking at fraternity, sorority, or sports parties. As we discussed earlier, the age demographic for binge drinkers ranges from 18-34 years old. Most often, it’s men that consume the most alcohol. Studies show that binge drinking is twice as common among men than among women. Four in five total binge drinks are consumed by men, but women are starting to increase the amounts of alcohol they consume as well. It seems as though young adults have a high drive to live risky lifestyles and perform risky activities, so they frequently engage in binge drinking. However, binge drinking is not exclusive to this demographic, other age groups around the world engage in this behavior. Parents, bosses, doctors, and pretty much anyone can succumb to binge drinking.
The EffectsThere are many reasons why binge drinking is harmful. Here are some of the short-term and long-term effects binge drinking can have on someone:
- Injuries - Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, risky activities that can cause injuries.
- Violence - Crime, aggressive behavior, sexual assault, suicide, domestic abuse.
- Risky sexual behaviors - Unprotected sex = unwanted pregnancy or STD
- Alcohol poisoning - Blackouts. Too much alcohol can poison your body and cause it to shut down. People frequent emergency rooms for alcohol poisoning.
- Costly - Alcohol isn’t cheap, it can lead to serious debt if a dependency forms.
- General health issues - Heart disease, stroke, liver disease, digestive problems, high blood pressure.
- Cancer - Breast, mouth, liver, colon, esophagus.
- Memory problems - Dementia, trouble remembering/learning things, poor school performance.
- Mental health - Depression, suicide, other mental health issues.
- Social issues - Loss of relationships, poor social skills, and even unemployment.
- Alcoholism - Dependency on the substance, withdrawal, and other issues that come along with addiction.
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