Binge Drinking

You’ve probably heard the term binge drinking before. Most everyone has, but not everyone understands what it means. There are quite a few different definitions of binge drinking. In the U.S. a man who consumes five or more drinks during an occasion is considered binge drinking. Of course, there are so many other variables to consider other than just the number of drinks consumed that these types of definitions are shakey at best. In reality binge drinking is consuming alcohol with the intention of becoming intoxicated and then avoiding or forgetting about personal responsibilities such as a job or relationship. Binge drinking can occur over a short period of time or a longer periond of time. Probably the most common is the person who drinks heavily over a short period of time then fails to show up for work or school or becomes unproductive or ill and cannot function properly.

Obviously binge drinking has very negative consequences. A binge drinker can lose control and may engage in violent behavior or risky sexual conduct. They may also be victimized by those around them that notice their incapacitation.P hysically, binge drinking can result in neurological, gastrointestinal, psychological and cardiac problems. Alcohol poisoning is another risk involved.

Why do people binge drink? Well, some surveys have shown that people find it fun or it makes them feel more social as well as more relaxed or happy. Some find that it makes them forget their problems. Unfortunately, binge drinking usually ends up adding to their problems with negative physical, psychological, employment and relationship issues. College students tend to binge drink due to peer pressure or because it lowers their inhibitions.