Did you know one in six adults binge drink about four times per month in the US?
Binge drinking is known to cause a person, their body, and their family serious trauma. Those experiencing post-traumatic stress should be aware of the increased risk of binge drinking.
There are many misconceptions about “binge drinking,” and people tend to tread lightly when defining it. But we’re here to tell you, today, that men drinking five or more alcoholic beverages and women drinking four or more alcoholic drinks in two hours or less, with a 0.08 blood alcohol concentration, more than four times per month, is considered binge drinking.
Another way to determine if you or a loved one is binge drinking is if you’re often unable to slow down or stop consuming alcohol, along with frequently drinking more than intended. For example, if you’re the friend who continues drinking while everyone else is taking a break, settling down after drinking endless champagne at brunch…you may have a problem.
“One in six US adults binge drinks about four times a month, consuming about seven drinks per binge. Binge drinking is most common among younger adults aged 18–34 years, but more than half of the total binge drinks are consumed by those aged 35 and older.”
There are many health and safety risks that come with binge drinking, but there is help, and our team at True is here to share how you can take action to put an end to the binging and navigate towards your True self.
Risks of binge drinking
There are so many harmful risks that follow binge drinking. What makes it so dangerous is that when a person binge drinks, they’re putting themselves in harms way and sacrificing the safety of those around them. In the US alone, 29 men, women, and children fall victim to drunk driving and lose their life due to this senseless act every single day, which is frequently caused by binge drinking.
Other serious risks of binge drinking that become increased in probability include alcohol poisoning, homicide, suicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexually transmitted diseases, unintentional pregnancy, memory disorders, cancer, and more!
“One recent study by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco found that 21 binge drinking sessions over seven weeks was enough to cause symptoms of early stage liver disease in mice. Over the long run, alcohol increases the risk of several cancers, including cancer of the liver, mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, colon, and rectum. Even a few drinks a week is linked with an increased risk of breast cancer in women.”
You can stop binge drinking, here’s how
Yes, you absolutely can put an end to your binge drinking benders…but it’s going to take some time and work.
With dedication, you can easily end this deadly habit that is consuming your life, and elevate your happiness and strengthen your relationship with those you love.
Here are five tips to help you stop binge drinking:
- Make a goal, write it down on paper and in your phone
- Change your environment, avoid places or events that may lead you to consume alcohol
- Build a safety net of loved ones to rely on and help keep you on track
- Get to the Botton of why you drink excessively
- Attend a detox program
For those battling binge drinking and seeking a detox program, we may be able to help you at True. Detox is an important first step in addiction treatment that provides a fresh start and increases an individual’s chances of success by allowing them to regain their strength and focus on the hard work of recovery, along with getting to the root of the problem.
At True, we offer a full continuum of care that ensures high-quality treatment for all clients regardless of where they are on their recovery journey.
True provides a wide variety of essential resources for people struggling with mental health and addiction, tailored to address unique needs and goals. We offer a space where you can work with trained, caring professionals to overcome obstacles and achieve potential in every aspect of life. Call us at (844) 744-TRUE(8783).