Binge Drinking

By Amanda Horak

What is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking is the most common pattern of excessive alcohol use in the United States. This is a pattern when drinking brings a person's blood alcohol level is brought up to 0.08 percent or above. A woman who is binge drinking normally has 4 or more drinks but binge drinking considered for men is 5 or more drinks.

Statistics

- approximately 90% of underage drinkers is used in the form of binge drinking

- about 92% of adults have used the form of binge drinking in the past 30 days

- 1 in 6 adults binge drinks about 4 times a month with about 8 drinks per binge

- 1 in 8 women binge drink

- 88,000 people have died due to binge drinking

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Medical Effects of Binge Drinking

The physical effects include:

- alcohol poisoning

- neurological damage

- brain, skeletal, and liver damage

- gastrointestinal problems

- cardiac issues (stroke)

- cancer

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Physical Effects of Binge Drinking

- unintentional & intentional injuries

- unintended pregnancy

- high risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases

Emotional Effects of Binge Drinking

The emotional effects to binge drinking almost every weekend includes:

- feeling bad about yourself and your actions

- learning disabilities

- severe impairment of memory during hangover
- chronic depression & stress

- suicidal thoughts

- discontentment

- self pity

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Social Effects of Binge Drinking

Binge drinking has the chance to impact your social life. You may find yourself doing things you would never even consider doing if you were drunk.

It could lead you to:

- having unprotected sex

- physical and verbal abuse of loved ones

- losing friends or loved ones

- losing money which you are spending on alcohol

- average cost of binge drinking is over $23,000 a year

Alcohol plays a huge role in the break up between thousands families and friends

Is Binge Drinking Considered Alcoholism?

A study found that 1 in 3 binge drinkers are not actually alcoholics. They do not have an alcohol addiction.