There is a common misconception among drinkers that using alcohol occasionally does not mean they have an alcohol problem or addiction. However, binge drinking is dangerous and more common than you might think.
What is Binge Drinking?
Consuming more than five drinks in a row or on a single occasion is binge drinking. While it is more prominent among teens and young adults – especially college students – binge drinking can affect anyone, at any age. In fact, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA; 1 of 2 (50%) people in the U.S. has admitted to binge drinking.
Alcohol depresses the central nervous system. Consuming large amounts of alcohol in a brief period of time prohibits the body’s ability to process it. While having a high blood alcohol content or BAC, over a certain level is “legally drunk” the health risks of alcohol poisoning far surpass any legal trouble the individual may create for themselves. Even if it only happened one time, it could result in alcohol poisoning, loss of consciousness, respiratory failure, coma and death. Furthermore, individuals who binge drink on a regular basis put themselves at an even higher risk for health complications including liver disease, cirrhotic ascites, brain disease, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Women who become pregnant and struggle with alcohol abuse put their unborn babies at risk for developing fetal alcohol syndrome – a condition of physical and mental defects that have been associated with women’s consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.
In addition to the risks to an individual’s health, binge drinking also presents a number of legal implications including financial repercussions with tickets and fines, court appearances, loss of driver’s license, probation and possible jail time. In some states the penalty for driving while intoxicated is mandatory drivers’ license suspension for a specified period of time.
Negative Personal Consequences
People who engage in frequent binge drinking may also experience changes in their relationships with other family members, friends, colleagues and superiors at work or school. Some college campuses have taken a zero tolerance regarding alcohol on campus and have resorted to suspending or expelling students who participate. In recent years, a number of college fraternities and sororities have come under scrutiny for encouraging and allowing drinking games and alcohol related hazing, and several have revoked charter memberships from universities. Although many employers offer Employee Assistance Programs, or EAPs that include covering treatment for alcohol detox, rehab and counseling, it is likely that if the employee in question continues the behavior with no positive change, there is a risk they could lose their job. If you or someone you know are struggling with alcohol abuse/addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from alcohol and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.