If I only binge drink occasionally, do I still need detox to quit? If you ask anyone on the street if binge drinking is a form of alcohol abuse you will probably hear “no” more often than not. That is because most people think that binge drinking is not that big a deal or something only college students do.
Still others think that if it only happens every now and then – it could not be alcohol abuse. This is a clear indication that there is a lack of understanding regarding what alcohol abuse is and the effects (short and long-term) of binge drinking.
Binge Drinking: What Does That Mean?
Binge drinking is when an individual consumes more than five drinks in a single night. At least half the population reported binge drinking at least once in their life; according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Furthermore, binge drinking is not restricted to college students, but is exhibited by more business associates and professionals (including doctors, lawyers and educators) than anyone else.
What your Health Says About Binge Drinking
It is only a matter of time before a pattern of repeated binge drinking will have an adverse effect on your health. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system (CNS). Consuming large amounts of alcohol in very brief amounts of time will interfere with the body’s ability to process and eliminate it out.
Not only that but binge drinking can result in alcohol poisoning, which can cause you to lose consciousness, stop breathing, go into a coma and die. There are countless stories of people who went to sleep after a night of binge drinking and never woke up.
Organ damage and organ failure, especially of the liver and kidney; Ascites, heart attack and stroke; brain disease and Hepatitis are all deteriorating health conditions that can result from frequent binge drinking. Further, studies show that an individual increases their risks for alcoholism.
Women who are pregnant and also binge drink put their fetus at risk for developing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) which results in their baby being born with facial and mental abnormalities.
Binge Drinking and Alcohol Detox Treatment
Now is the time to make a change and seeking professional detox treatment to help you stop binge drinking and get sober is a positive step for your future. Not everyone needs detox; it depends on the severity of your drinking. It is a good idea to have an honest and open conversation with your doctor (of a medical detox facility) about your drinking including how frequent and how much – to determine if medical alcohol detox treatment is right for you.
If you need alcohol detox, you can plan to spend a few days to about a week in the treatment facility. Alcohol detox will remove the toxins that have collected from your binge drinking. Additionally, one of the many benefits to a professional detox treatment is that it will work to control the side effects of withdrawal that will begin once you stop drinking and peak after about three days.
If you are ready to stop alcohol abuse and binge drinking, Gallus Detox Center can help. Call us today at 855-338-6929. All calls are confidential and we work with most insurance.