Binge Drinking, What It Is
Binge drinking is the inconsistent but still predictable seeking and consuming of immense amounts of alcohol at any one given time. Binge drinking more often than not results in severely undesirable consequences such as full on alcoholism, health issues, unintended pregnancies, accidents, injuries, and even deaths. To define binge drinking, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define the action of binge drinking as any pattern of drinking that brings an individual’s overall blood-alcohol concentration up to 0.08. In other words or to state it more simply, drinking to get too drunk to drive is classified as binge drinking. To be even more specific, binging for the typical man means having five or more drinks in a two hour time period, and for the typical woman, four or more drinks in a two hour time period.
Binge drinking is very prevalent in the United States today. In fact, binge drinking contributes to about half of the overall drunk driving deaths and accidents that occur every year, (the other half being the result of actual alcoholics). Binge drinking also contributes for well over half of the overall amount of alcohol overdoses that occur in the nation. Surprisingly enough, it is actually binge drinkers that end up overdosing and dying far more often than full blown alcoholics.
What To Do About Binge Drinking
Without a doubt, binge drinking is not ideal. It is infectious, it almost always only worsens, and it can be incredibly dangerous and life threatening to the life of the one who is engaging in it and the lives of those around him or her. If one is noticing a trend of him or her binge drinking, then it is of the utmost importance that he or she does something to rectify this as soon as is physically possible.
Binge drinkers should at first try to cut back on their drinking on their own. A binge drinking habit constitutes drinking lots of alcohol from time to time, but not with the same constancy and daily type of basis that occurs for actual alcoholics. Because of this, binge drinkers are statistically speaking more likely to be able to get over their habits one their own than alcoholics are.
However, failing at this, a binge drinker then must seek out an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence rehabilitation center, detox facility, and program. Only at such a center can one really be able to fully and completely be able to beat a binge drinking habit that they cannot control themselves.
One can certainly attempt to truly and cut back on his or her drinking on his or her own. One can even enlist the help of his or her family members of loved ones in trying to assist him or her in cutting back on his or her drinking habits. In doing so one might be able to curb his or her binge drinking habit, particularly if he or she has the assistance of family and friends.
However, rehabilitation must be sought if this is not accomplished, because full blown, all out, daily alcoholism is the fate of a binge drinker who cannot cut back on his or her drinking on his or her own. Inpatient rehabs have the necessary tools, facilities, therapies, counseling methods, detox techniques, and electives necessary to address and resolve all of the mental and physical aspects of binge drinking successfully. Only an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence rehabilitation center, detox facility, and program can offer a guarantee that a binge drinker will kick his or her habit once and for all.