Understanding the Unique Dangers of Binge Drinking

Posted on 11. May, 2015 by in Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Binge drinking is more common among American adults than many people realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six American adults binge drinks at least four times per month. Many of these people may believe that binge drinking is no riskier or unhealthier than any other form of drinking. In reality, binge drinking introduces a number of distinct health risks.

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The risk of intoxicated driving may be especially high among binge drinkers. One reason is that the body can process alcohol more slowly when alcohol is consumed in moderation, which results in a lower blood alcohol concentration. Binge drinking results in a much higher BAC level, increasing the risk that a person will become legally intoxicated. Troublingly, people who binge drink may also be more likely to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. According to the CDC, binge drinkers are 14 times likelier than other drinkers to report driving under the influence.

Serious Injuries

Due to the sudden high BAC levels that binge drinking induces, people who binge drink may also be at a greater risk of experiencing accidents and injuries than people who drink in moderation. The CDC reports that binge drinking is associated with the following serious risks:

  • Car crashes
  • Burn injuries
  • Falls
  • Drowning

Binge drinking also is correlated with a higher risk of injuries that involve firearms or interpersonal violence. Additionally, binge drinking introduces the same risk of long-term health issues, such as cardiovascular disease and neurological problems, that other forms of excessive alcohol consumption promote.

Seeking Help

People who binge drink often may not view the habit as a form of alcohol abuse or as a problem that merits treatment. However, given the health risks that come with binge drinking, it is important for people who engage in this behavior to receive appropriate help. Counseling, rehabilitation or other professional services may be invaluable in helping these individuals gain better control over their drinking and protect themselves from the many unusual health risks that are associated with binge drinking.

 

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