Binge drinking is an alcohol use disorder that damages lives – and takes them – if treatment isn’t sought. Defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as drinking that increases the blood alcohol content (BAC) of the drinker to above .08 grams per deciliter, it is a common practice for millions of Americans every year. What is binge drinking? For men, binge drinking usually means five or more drinks, and for women, it often means four or more drinks – consumed within a two-hour period. Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that most who binge drink are not addicted to alcohol, there are a number of dangers they must contend with. Health problems, accident and complications of daily life are all likely outcomes. If you would like to help your loved one stop drinking, we can assist you. Call us at Futures of Palm Beach today and learn more about our alcohol rehab programs.
Binge drinking brings with it a host of health problems, both chronic and acute. Some of these include:
- Alcohol poisoning
- Issues related to pregnancy including unwanted pregnancy and harm done to an unborn child, including fetal alcohol syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Liver damage, including liver failure and disease
- Brain damage
- Sexual dysfunction
- Accidental injuries including car accident, choking on one’s own vomit, falling and more
- Intentional injuries including gunshot wounds, domestic violence and assault
Lower Quality of Life
Almost every aspect of life is negatively impacted when someone binge drinks regularly. Their ability to function cognitively, emotionally and physically are diminished, and this can cause a number of issues, including:
- Interpersonal problems with people at work and at home
- Financial issues caused by losing employment due to consistently poor work performance, absences and late arrivals
- Problems with significant others due to behavior under the influence
- Legal problems caused by DUI, physical altercations, damage to property, and drunk-in-public charges
Drinking often also drags a person down, stealing their energy and their focus the following day – or days. For some, it can take quite some time to feel normal again, yet it’s something that one in six Americans repeat four or more times a month, according to the CDC.
Binge Drinking Can Occur to Anyone, Anywhere, at Anytime
There is no one type of person that is more likely to be a binge drinker than the next person. It is as likely to occur in high-income houses as low-income homes. Caucasian, African American and Hispanic individuals are all just as likely to binge drink regularly. It is estimated that about 92 percent of the Americans who report drinking excessively say that they binge drank in the 30 days prior to the survey. However, though more young people binge drink, people over the age of 65 report binge drinking more often, and men are twice as likely as women to binge drink.
Treating Binge Drinking
It is possible to undergo treatment and learn how to avoid alcohol abuse in the form of binge drinking. A number of therapeutic treatment services can be helpful in addressing the issues that may be driving the need to escape through alcohol and provide positive coping skills that can replace drinking and use of any illicit substances. Call the number listed above today, and speak to a counselor here at Futures about your loved one’s options in alcohol abuse treatment. We now accept most PPO health insurance policies, such as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, ValueOptions, UnitedHealthcare & many other.