Binge Drinking Effects

Written by Chloe Nicosia

Did you know that binge drinking effects could be deadly? Find out why you may be putting your life at risk

Binge drinking is – simply put – consuming an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time (one time or session of drinking). While it is extremely harmful, studies show it is the most common pattern of alcohol abuse in the United States. But, did you know binge drinking effects can turn out to be deadly?

Effects of binge drinking are many and varied, affecting both the physical condition of the person, as well as their mental state. Many abusers experience the “milder” effects of going on a binge, such as slurred speech, headache, vomiting, etc. after a short period of time. Long-term binge drinking effects are far more complex and can pose a terrible threat to your overall health, and even your life. Some of the more complicated effects of binge drinking include:

  • Memory problems; suffering from blackouts or memory loss episodes
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Liver disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Disorientation
  • Ulcer
  • Nerve damage
  • Brain damage

Aside from these, other binge drinking effects that have deadly consequences are the erratic and/or violent behaviors a person incurs when their judgement is impaired due to high levels of alcohol in their system. Some of these behaviors include unintentional injuries to themselves or others, violent sexual behavior towards another person, intentional injuries using firearms or weapons, domestic violence, etc.

What is a binge drinker?

According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a binge drinker can be described as “someone that shows a pattern of drinking taking their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08% or above in a period of 2-4 hours”. While the NIAAA recognizes truly what is a binge drinker, they also state that a person with a binge drinking problem is not necessary alcohol-dependent. This means, that while the person does drink in large, hazardous quantities, he or she is not physiologically dependent on alcohol.

This is probably why effects of binge drinking are even more dangerous; a person will often go on a binge with the desire to do so. Probably to feel more confident, braver… or to numb some underlying issue that may be causing them emotional pain. The NIAAA identifies the following causes as plausible factors that lead to binge drinking:

  • To forget problems: trying to tune out for a particular situation that is occurring in the person’s life
  • Have fun: because many social events include alcohol, so the person uses it as a way to fit in
  • Test their tolerance: to compare how much they can take in relation to their peers, or as part of a game
  • To rebel: as a way to prove they are “old enough” or “mature enough” to do as they please

Another characteristic that helps identify exactly what is a binge drinker, is the fact that, while they are able to make the conscious decision of going on a binge, they can also make the decision of not consuming alcohol for a long period of time. This is also how they differentiate from an alcoholic. It is important to note that, knowing “what is a binge drinker” and being able to differentiate their patterns, may actually stop a possible addiction before it even happens.

One of the effects of binge drinking is the possible progression into alcoholism if the person becomes a more frequent drinker, especially in the quantities necessary for a binge episode. It is important to pay attention to the patterns and behaviors mentioned above, to be able to seek the appropriate help.

If you wish to learn more about the effects of binge drinking or you believe you – or someone you love – needs help with the issue, call us at Better Addiction Care: (800) 429-7690 and find out how we can help you find treatment centers.

 

 

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-use-disorders

https://www.cdc.gov/cdctv/injuryviolenceandsafety/binge-drinking.html