Binge Drinking Facts
Why do people binge drink?
Short-Term Dangers of Binge Drinking
Long-Term Dangers of Binge Drinking
Binge Drinking and Driving
Drunk driving accounts for more than 10,000 deaths each year in the US, and many of those deaths could have been avoided if the driver had simply taken a cab. If you’ve ever been behind the wheel after drinking, you know how easy it is to make a mistake. Binge drinking can lead to a DUI, which can have serious consequences, including fines, jail time, and a criminal record. If you’re caught driving under the influence more than once, you could lose your driving privileges. Binge drinking can also put passengers at risk, so don’t let friends drive while intoxicated. If you know someone who binge drinks, don’t let him or her drive or ride with other people.
What is Alcohol Poisoning?
How Much Alcohol Causes Alcohol Poisoning?
Common Signs of Alcohol Poisoning
The first and most common sign of alcohol poisoning is that you’ve consumed more alcohol than your body can metabolize. This means there is more alcohol in your system than your body can process, and it can be toxic. If left untreated, alcohol poisoning can lead to serious health issues, including death. If you’re with someone who is experiencing alcohol poisoning, call 911 immediately. Some other symptoms that occur when a person’s blood alcohol concentration is too high include:
- Breathing problems – Alcohol can affect your central nervous system, which can lead to breathing issues.
- Unconsciousness – If you’ve become unresponsive, you may have alcohol poisoning.
- Paleness or bluish skin – This can indicate that you’ve consumed too much alcohol.
- High or low blood pressure – Drinking too much alcohol can cause changes in your blood pressure.
- Abnormally elevated heart rate – Excessive alcohol can speed up your heart rate.
- Abnormally low body temperature – Alcohol can lower your core body temperature.
The Dangers of Alcohol Poisoning
How to Prevent Alcohol Poisoning
How is Alcohol Poisoning Treated?
How Does Binge Drinking Affect Health?
Binge drinking can have a serious effect on overall health, and it can be especially dangerous for young people. Drinking can negatively impact everything from growth to fertility, and it can lead to early death. Binge drinking can lead to malnutrition, which can slow down growth in young people. It can also lead to vitamin deficiencies that can cause other health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and liver cancer. Binge drinking can lead to sexually transmitted diseases, including gonorrhea and chlamydia. It can also lower the immune system and make a person more susceptible to other diseases. Binge drinking can lead to depression, and it’s a major cause of suicide, which is the second leading cause of death among young people.
Is binge drinking the same as alcohol addiction?
How is alcohol abuse treated?
Strategies for stopping binge drinking
- Keep a journal – When you’re in the middle of a binge, it can be hard to see past your current state of mind. Keeping a journal can help you track your binge drinking episodes, see any patterns in your behavior, and determine what might be triggering your binge drinking episodes.
- Limit your time with friends who binge drink – Some people binge drink as a way to fit in with their friends, so if you’re binge drinking with a group of friends who do this regularly, you may want to limit your exposure to this behavior.
- Find healthy ways to cope with your stress and emotions – Part of stopping binge drinking is dealing with what’s triggering your drinking in the first place.
- Find new hobbies to reduce boredom – Binge drinking is often a result of boredom and lack of engagement with others and yourself.
- Seek professional help at an outpatient rehab – While you can address your binge drinking at home, you may want to consider getting help from a professional. A treatment program can help address the root causes of your drinking and provide you with the tools to keep your binge drinking under control.
- Help others who are in recovery – Volunteering or helping others in recovery can help keep you accountable and remind you of your own commitment to stop binge drinking.
How to have fun without drinking
Go for a run
Learn an instrument
Take up a hobby you’re passionate about
Go to a yoga or dance class
Get together with friends and play board games
Try going to bed earlier instead of drinking
Seek professional help at an outpatient rehab
Is moderation or abstinence the answer?
You may be wondering if you should completely abstain from alcohol or if moderation is the best approach. It really depends on the person. For some, moderation is the best choice. For others, abstinence is the only healthy option. If you’re binge drinking and you’re not sure if you should completely abstain or moderate, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you feel ashamed or embarrassed about your binge drinking?
- Do you feel like alcohol is controlling your life?
- Are there negative effects on your health?
- Do you drink to escape from your problems?
- Do you drink regularly with friends?
- Have you had alcohol poisoning due to high alcohol consumption before?