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Binge Drinking

For many people, occasional alcohol consumption is just a normal part of life, whether enjoying a glass of red wine during a nice dinner or drinking a few beers at a social gathering. While drinking in moderation is rarely a cause for concern, some people find it difficult to stop at just one or two drinks. When you drink excessively during a short period of time, this is considered binge drinking. For the average adult male, this correlates to about five drinks over the course of two hours, while for the average adult woman, binge drinking occurs when about four drinks are consumed during the same time frame. If you are concerned about the negative effects that binge drinking is having on your life or the life of someone you care about, help is always available and recovery is always very possible. Call 1-888-803-9961 to learn more about treatment options.

Binge Drinking, Accidents and Risky Behavior

Problem Drinking

problem drinking Problem drinking is defined as being when a person drinks alcohol at particular levels associated with causing significant short-term and long-term problems. Usually a person who has a problem with drink, also has an underlying problem that will need to be discovered and addressed before any treatment can begin.

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One or two isolated episodes of binge drinking do not necessarily count as alcoholism or alcohol dependency. Binge drinking is especially prevalent among younger people who are just beginning to experiment with alcohol. For instance, in the United States, 90% of the alcohol consumed by people under 21 years old falls within the criteria of binge drinking. However, even just one episode of excessive binge drinking can have unwanted consequences and carries health risks. Some of the short-term and long-term risks include risky behavior that can lead to sexually transmitted diseases or unintentional pregnancy, neurological damage or injuries that result from both accidents and increased aggressive or reckless behavior. Alcohol poisoning is one serious consequence of binge drinking that may result in seizures or unconsciousness and requires immediate medical attention. Since even one episode of binge drinking can have lasting consequences, the best course of action is to drink moderately.

For younger people, binge drinking typically starts out as a social activity and escalates into an ongoing problem. When college students are away from home or able to order drinks at night clubs and bars for the first time, drinking can seem like a harmless and enjoyable way to relax and socialize. If you are in college and have started binge drinking frequently, this can have a negative impact on academics or other key areas of your life. Among college binge drinkers, 33% report seeing their grades and academic achievements suffer because of drinking. In addition, alcohol can be expensive, especially in large quantities. In addition, overconsumption of alcohol can sometimes result in serious health issues. Each year, as many as 30,000 college students have to seek emergency help because of health problems related to binge drinking. If you are seeing your grades, finances or health start to suffer as a result of binge drinking, do not wait for your problems to become worse. Call 1-888-803-9961 to find treatment options that work for you and start feeling more confident and in control of your life.

Excessive Drinking Problem Not Limited to Teenagers

Although younger people may be more likely to binge drink, the problem of excessive drinking does not have an age limit and can be lead to negative consequences at any age. Up to 70% of binge drinkers are older than 26 years old, showing that the problem extends beyond the college years and can affect everyday life for all types of people. Even someone who does not typically display alcoholic tendencies can be a binge drinker. In 2003, a study showed that up to 73% of binge drinkers usually drank alcohol in moderation when not actively binge drinking. If you tell yourself that you do not have a problem because you are not an underage drinker or because you typically consume alcohol in moderation, you should be aware that even occasional binge drinking can be problematic in its own right. At the same time, however, overcoming binge drinking is very possible, especially with the right treatment and help.

Seeking Treatment and Recovery

For some people, binge drinking leads to alcoholism. For others, alcoholism contributes to a desire to binge drink. If you notice that you are binge drinking as many as two or three times in a two week period, your drinking habits are starting to become problematic. If you begin to binge drink more and more frequently or observe that a friend or family member is indulging in frequent binges, it is possible to seek treatment and overcome excessive drinking. Recovery is very possible and can give you greater freedom and control over your life, without worrying about the unwanted consequences of excessive alcohol consumption. Whether you are seeking inpatient or outpatient treatment for yourself or a loved one, fill out a quick contact form online or call 1-888-803-9961 to learn more about available options that suit your needs.