With Summer approaching, it’s likely that your days will be filled with friends enjoying the warm weather and unwinding from stresses of school or work. These summer-time activities will often include activities where people will be drinking alcohol. Binge drinking is defined by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 grams percent or above. This will happen typically when men consume 5 or more drinks, and when women consume 4 or more drinks, in about 2 hours.
While most people who binge drink are not dependent on alcohol, it is still a dangerous activity. It is reported that 38 million U.S. adults binge drink approximately four times a month. Binge drinking is more common among young adults aged 18-34 years. Adults 65 and over actually are reported to binge drink most often.
Binge drinking is associated with the following health problems:
- Alcohol poisoning
- Unintended pregnancy
- Liver disease
- Neurological damage
- Poor control of diabetes
- High blood pressure, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases
- Children born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
There are some signs that you can watch out for to see if you are among the many people who fall somewhere in between binge drinking and the definition of an alcoholic, known as the problem-drinking spectrum. You may fit into this category if when you drink you become a daredevil, you are a regular drinker on the weekends, your drinking “creeps up on you”, or the people close to you seem concerned.
The sooner you can address unhealthy drinking habits, the better chances you have of stopping before it becomes a serious problem. If you are concerned about the drinking habits of yourself or a loved one, contact the substance abuse specialists at A New Start, Inc. today at 844.TALK.ANS. Our team of specialists can get you the help needed before it is too late.