Binge drinking may appear to be harmless on the surface, but to calculate the real price cost, you must consider the short and long-term health concerns in addition to the day-after-effects.
Binge drinking is defined as having more than six drinks in one sitting for men and more than four drinks for women. But while the amounts may differ, the reasons behind binge drinking remain the same.
What Is Binge Drinking and Why Do People Do It?
When you binge drink, you consume enough alcohol to bring your blood-alcohol content up to the legal limit for driving. That equals to around five alcoholic drinks for men and four for women in less than two hours. A drink is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor.
Most adults in the United States consume alcohol on a regular basis, but about 1 in 4 knockback several drinks in a short period of time at least once a year. About one-sixth of all adults in the United States admit to drinking on a regular basis, sometimes several times a month. They typically have about seven drinks on these binges.
Adults under the age of 35 are more likely to do this than other age groups, and men are twice as likely as women. Binge drinking is more common among people who earn more than $75,000 per year and have a higher level of education.
Signs of Binge Drinking
Binge drinking has different effects on different people. If your drinking is giving you problems at work, at home, in social situations, or at school, it’s a problem. The following are some of the short-term effects of binge drinking:
- Slower reaction times and poor motor control
- Shorter attention span
- Blood pressure that is too low
- Slower Breathing
- Pregnant women’s miscarriage or stillbirth, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in their babies
The long-term risks of binge drinking include more significant medical problems and potentially life-threatening issues as the impact of alcohol abuse begins to affect the organs. This can cause mental health problems. Here are a few Long-term risks.
- Memory and concentration problems
- Damage to the brain
- Problems with mental health
- Alcohol dependency
- Heart problems
- Diabetes and weigh gain
- Liver Damage
- Fertility issues and sexual problems
How to Reduce Your risk from Alcohol
Keep the following things in mind to limit the health risks from alcohol if you drink most weeks:
- It is recommended that men and women should not drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.
- If you drink up to 14 units per week, spread your drinking over three or more days; if you want to cut down, try to have many alcohol-free days each week.
- Fourteen units is equivalent to 6 pints of 4% beer or 6 glasses (175ml) of 13% wine.
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