Binge drinking is consuming a lot of alcohol over a short period of time. Vomiting, nausea, burning sensation in stomach and craving to drink again are some of the symptoms that determine bingeing. People who binge drink tend to sit at the bar till it is closed.
They are not done with few shots and keep on drinking till they get a high. Bingeing is the mother of most of the crimes. Hospital records are full with the cases where medical help was sought because of binge drinking. People injured in fights, expecting mothers facing miscarriage and road crash victims have some or the other story related to binge drinking.
Binge drinking is popular in the age group of 18-24 years. People belonging to this age see drinking as the panacea for all pains. It is seen as a means to celebrate and to enjoy as well. Binge drinking is popular among men than women. It is important to understand what the prescribed limit for alcohol intake is.
Various studies show that amount equivalent to a pint and half of 4% beer is the safe limit for men and around 175 mL glass of wine is fine for women. It is, obviously, not possible to work out the alcohol content of the drink by just looking at the glass. Hence, 4 to 5drinks is said to be falling under decent drinking.
This is Binge Drinking
Find out if it is binge drinking with the help of following pointers. You are a victim of binge drinking if you are:
- Drinking more than the prescribed limit
- Drinking every second day or for hours in a stretch
- Finding it difficult to stand on your own after numerous rounds of drinking
- Needing somebody’s help to reach home safely
The danger sends its first signal when you are not able to stop yourself once you start drinking. This urge to drink more and more in single session leads to over drinking – the cause of many sad incidents. Rape, burglary, road accidents and suicides are the most common among them.
What Government Says
Considering the damage done to lives and property due to drinking habits of the people, government has set guidelines to bring some discipline pertaining to drinking into their lives. According to the set norms, more than 8 units of alcohol in case of men and exceeding 6 units of alcohol in case of women can be put under binge drinking. In US, consumption of 5 to 6 drinks in a row is termed as binge drinking.
How to Get Rid of Bingeing
Here are some hints on how to stop binge drinking:
- Always drink with some food. Avoid very salty snacks.
- Drink very slowly. Take very small sips and prolong the gap between two sips by indulging into talking or some activity while drinking
- Add some non-alcoholic beverages between two drinks. Mixing some non-alcoholic beverage to the pre-mixed drink reduces the alcohol content to a great extent
- Do not give in to the peer pressure. There are other ways to impress the gang. More importantly, keep good company.
What Your Loved Ones Go Through
None but a person dealing with alcoholic mother or father can truly understand the ill-effects of binge drinking. Domestic violence, financial crunch, indulgence into crimes – he is the one who has seen it all. Addiction to alcohol takes many young lives every year. Families go bankrupt due to over spending on alcohol.
And most importantly, the health is deteriorated fatally due to excessive alcohol consumption. Alcoholic female caretaker or mother provides more dreadful sight. The balance of the normal life is totally destroyed. Kids feel very insecure and tend to run away from the home inviting more risks.
Here are some statistics that reveal how big the problem of binge drinking is:
- Around 30% road accidents are traced back to alcohol use during driving
- 33% burglaries are committed to pay for the drinking
- Around 30% sexual crimes are committed in alcoholic hang-over
- Binge drinking is happening more than million times a day all over the world
Those who indulge in excessive drinking should be communicated aptly that drinking is neither the matter of pride nor the solution to any problem. It is, in fact, a store house of many problems.
Guest Post by: Ricky Palermo, occasional guest blogger on the environment, health, and social concerns. Ricky is now writing for the Last Call Program about binge drinking and its detrimental side effects.
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