Binge drinking is something that’s become a growing problem in our society. It’s become normalized among many age groups and demographics. This activity that’s portrayed as fun and harmless is much more dangerous than you realize.
What is Binge Drinking?
Binge drinking is drinking copious amounts of alcohol in a short period. For women, more than eight drinks per week are considered binge drinking, while men can have up to 15 before it’s considered binge drinking.
Binge drinking does not mean someone is an alcoholic, but it does put them at an increased risk of becoming alcohol dependent on time. If you binge drink regularly, it’s only a matter of time before your body becomes addicted. Regular binge drinking in a social setting is often thought to be healthy, but it isn’t. Many college students transition from binge drinkers to functioning alcoholics without even realizing it.
Poor Decision Making
It’s no secret that alcohol impairs decision making. When you’re binge drinking, you become more likely to make violent, impulsive, and sexually aggressive behavior. Your poor decision-making skills can lead to drunk driving and other acts that put not only yourself at danger, but everyone around you as well. Binge drinking creates a decreased performance at school and works as well.
High levels of alcohol consumption put your physical and mental health at risk. You’ll be facing a higher possibility of suffering from anxiety and depression, as well as irregular mood swings. Your liver will begin to function less efficiently because of the high amounts of alcohol, and this can eventually lead to liver failure. Women are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer if they regularly binge drink. Both men and women can suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and in severe cases, alcohol poisoning. Binge drinking at a young age can have health effects for years to come, even if you stop as you get older.
Binge drinking is not fun and casual past-time. It’s a dangerous activity that could put you at risk for a variety of different things. If you binge drink and you’re having trouble stopping, reach out for help. If you notice a friend or family member is having difficulty controlling their binge drinking, reach out, and offer to help. It’s okay to have a few drinks with friends, but you shouldn’t be drinking to the point it puts your health at risk!