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The Risks Associated With Binge Drinking

The Dangers Of Excessive Alcohol Consumption


 

Despite an increase in public awareness and many campaigns aimed at curbing excessive consumption of alcohol, one group of drinkers continues to grow. Binge drinking is on the rise and has been for the last decade. Learn about the dangers of binge drinking and find out where to get help if you or someone you know is struggling with this problem.

While it is no surprise that college students make up a large percentage of the population who partake in excessive alcohol consumption, the adult population is closing the gap. Although the number of drinkers who binge is highest in the 18- to 20-year-old range, adults over the age of 25 make up 70 percent of binge-drinking episodes. In addition, men are three times more likely to binge drink than women, and binge drinkers have a 14 percent higher chance of reporting driving while under the influence of alcohol as compared to those who don’t binge. Another telling statistic: About 75 percent of the alcohol consumed by American adults is by those who are binge drinking.

Are You a Binge Drinker?
The answer may surprise a lot of people. Binge drinking was given an official definition in 2004, approved by the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism (NIAAA) National Advisory Council. It describes binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that causes blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to be .08 gram percent or above. For males, that would equate to about five or more drinks in a two-hour period, and about four or more drinks for females during that time frame.

That definition has spawned some controversy. While the definition of binge isn’t under question the amount of alcohol that is dangerous when consumed during a specific period of time is casting doubt on the statistical significance of studies that have been conducted and published on the subject.
For example, a 160-pound woman at a wedding or party who has had five drinks in a five-hour time period, along with a meal, probably isn’t going to exhibit the same physical effects as a 120-pound woman who throws back five drinks in a two-hour period at a party. But they both fit the description of a binge drinker.

Some people who take medications that interact with alcohol may reach the binge-level blood alcohol content faster than others. Also, those prone to alcoholism (who already have other risk factors for the disease) may hit the “binge” marker faster than a typical person. A “drink” refers to a 12-ounce beer, five-ounce glass of wine, or a 1.5-ounce shot of distilled spirits.

The Effects of Binge Drinking on the Body
The notion that just “having a few” drinks is safe can be dangerous in itself. Drinking and driving can have obvious consequences. Consider this sobering statistic: Alcohol abuse kills more than 100,000 Americans each year, mostly in traffic accidents. It’s also the third largest preventable cause of death in this country.

Binge drinking can lead to the following
health issues: injuries - both intentional and unintentional, alcohol poisoning, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, children born with fetal alcohol exposure syndrome. But the effects of alcohol that can’t immediately be seen could be the most harmful. Alcohol can contribute to high blood pressure, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases, liver disease, neurological damage, sexual dysfunction, and can limit the control of diabetes.
Consuming too much alcohol during a short time period can have serious and irreversible effects on the brain. Alcohol kills brain cells, specifically in the front part of the brain, which processes information for decision-making. Excessive drinking during early or middle adolescence can affect the body by limiting its control over cravings for alcohol, as well as lay the framework for poor decision-making.

When having a drink or two turns into having four or five (or more), the issue becomes not only what the alcohol is doing to the body, but determining the driving force behind the binge episode. Escapism is a primary reason behind alcohol consumption. Stress from family or work sends many looking for an easy way to get away from feelings of being overwhelmed. Alcohol is an easy, quick way for many to relax, or a reward for a job well done. And one drink can easily lead to more. Peer pressure, even among adults, can be a factor in binge drinking as well. A happy-hour get-together after work quickly becomes the next day’s hangover. Alcohol is a drug, albeit a legal one, and its use is much more socially accepted than other mind-altering substances. Advertising plays a role, too. The effects of advertising may seem indirect, but drink specials and promotions at bars and taverns can be a convincing tool in getting customers to drink more.

Binge drinking can be a sign of bigger problems. Alcoholism, once considered an environmental or situational problem, is now tagged as largely genetic. And those who find themselves binge drinking on a regular basis may be dealing with undiagnosed depression or other physiological conditions. If you notice a pattern of binge drinking behavior, consult your physician to discuss a plan of action.
Women should be especially wary of their alcohol consumption. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy - even a little – can contribute to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), infant low birth weight, and developmental delays in children. Findings from the 2002 and 2003 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health reveal that 4.1 percent of pregnant women aged 15-44 reported binge drinking in the past month.

“Women are more vulnerable to binge drinking,” said Dr. Marcia Russell, who co-authored two recent studies on the issue. Russell said heavy drinking in adolescence and early adulthood could work against women who engage in binge drinking as adults. She explained that the effects of the intensity of drinking on the cardiovascular system is higher in women than in men, and that women generally weigh less than men, have more body fat, and metabolize alcohol differently. “All of these issues are really important,” Russell said. She said taking a look at lifelong drinking patterns is critical to understanding how health is affected by alcohol.

In addition, the consumption of alcohol has been linked by numerous studies regarding the risk of breast cancer in women. Alcohol, especially when consumed at a rate of three or more drinks a day, increased a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 30 percent.

While moderate alcohol consumption – about one drink per day for women – is considered a heart-healthy habit, the health risks associated with alcohol, including cancer, increase with more drinks. Something as basic as
weight gain can be a dangerous precursor for more health problems down the road. Alcohol stimulates the appetite, and alcohol consumed in large amounts can result in weight gain. Further, alcohol is a depressant and can exacerbate feelings of depression in women. A group of Canadian researchers found that binge drinking may affect women who suffer from depression more than other people. The study, published in the January 2007 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, was the result of a telephone poll of more than 14,000 Canadian men and women.
The research linked depression with a pattern of binge drinking. Alcohol lowers serotonin and norepinephrine levels, and can affect the behavior of stress hormones.

Perhaps one of the  most serious side effects of binge drinking is the effect it has on both the mother and her unborn child. Menstrual disorders have also been associated with chronic heavy drinking, which can lead to fertility problemsand the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

“This concerns me,” said Russell, who favors a so-called harm-reduction approach to the issue of drinking during pregnancy. She said an appreciation of the use of contraceptives if there is a risk of an unwanted pregnancy. “When you think of it, 50 percent of pregnancies are unplanned; these are women who are going around thinking moderate drinking is okay. They may not think of it as particularly harmful. There’s just a lot of societal acceptance of this.”

Recognizing a problem with alcohol in yourself or in someone you know is the crucial first step to getting help. There are support groups for those who suffer from alcohol addiction and their families. Teens are encouraged to talk to a trusted adult, and as always, the best advice in dealing with medical issues comes from your doctor. Self-help programs that specifically target binge drinking are available (ask your doctor for more information), and those with alcohol abuse problems can contact the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at 1-800-662-HELP.

Do You Drink Too Much?
The one or two glasses of wine you drink at the occasional meal when you eat out are no big deal, but what about the standard two glasses of wine you have with every dinner? Could this love of Chardonnay mean that you drink too much? Many people wonder the same thing - whether or not their drinking habits are over the top.

 

 

 

 

 

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