Problem Binge Drinking Isn’t Uncommon.
Binge drinking is a popular activity among the under-30 set. A study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham estimates that 1 in 5 of those who indulge in this activity suffer from alcohol use disorder. Those who binge but do not do so often enough to meet the criteria for problem binge drinking still do suffer everyday consequences – driving accidents and poor academic results are common.
Binge drinking is beginning to expand, as well; more and more Americans over 30 are beginning to indulge in the activity, as well. A CDC report suggests that 38 million adults – or a full 16% of the adult population – binges as often as once a week. The habit tends to be most common among those who make up the middle class and higher income levels.
What exactly is binge drinking?
Binge drinking is exactly what it sounds like – large quantities of alcohol in a very short period of time. In practical terms, between four and five drinks over a two-hour period qualifies as binge drinking; in more technical terms, it is drinking quickly enough to send your blood alcohol concentration levels to 0.08 g/dL.
When is binge drinking a problem?
Binge drinking is always undesirable; in some cases, binge drinking puts one at serious risk of short-term memory loss or blackouts. When this happens, one opens oneself up to all sorts of risk. Women, for instance, become vulnerable to sexual assault that they have no memory of. Others put themselves at risk of criminal behavior that, again, they are not conscious of.
Binge drinking can be a very serious problem in another way, as well – it can lead to alcohol addiction. It’s possible to identify problem binge drinking in various ways. A number of binge drinking effects tend to turn up.
You become a risk taker: If you are usually reasonably well-behaved, it’s still possible that when you drink, you make all kinds of bad decisions. You may choose to pick a fight, break the law and so on.
You keep failing to observe your limits: Most binge drinkers don’t want to drink this way; after a while, they want to pull back and be more responsible. The problem is, they find that they are unable to stick to the limits that they set for themselves. If you see that you repeatedly fail, it’s a sign that your habit is getting out of hand, and turning to addiction.
You experience blackouts: If your friends tell you that you’ve done things while drunk, but you cannot remember, it isn’t necessarily true that someone slipped you a blackout drug. It’s possible that you simply drink too much, and too quickly.
People tell you that you used to be vibrant: Loss of the vibrancy can take over your life in many ways. You may no longer care as much about your fitness goals, you may no longer be as focused on work or family, or, your friends may think that you no longer seem as friendly.
What should you do?
Binge drinking in a way that visibly changes you and changes your behavior is a problem. Those who frequently binge drink put themselves at risk of addiction.
How to stop binge drinking? Cutting back on your own is the first thing that you should try. Problem binge drinking is a dangerous activity that puts you at risk – it should have no place in your life. If you find that trying to pull back and moderate your drinking doesn’t work, however – if you find that you repeatedly slide back into binge drinking behavior, then, you should be concerned. It’s a clear sign of alcoholism to be unable to stop.
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