The Dangers of Binge DrinkingPublished on April 16th, 2016
Many young people participate in the dangerous practice known as binge drinking. This is the act of drinking alcohol to the point of being drunk. Binge drinking is classified as 5 or more drinks in a row for men and 4 or more drinks in a row for women. When consuming this number of drinks in a short period of time it will cause a high blood alcohol level, one far above the legal driving limit of 0.08%.
The main goal of these people drinking is to get drunk. While they are in it for a good time, there are many dangerous side effects to alcohol that can turn that good time into a terrible one, such as dizziness, loss of coordination, diarrhea, vomiting, lack of judgment, blackouts or passing out. If the individual who is drunk passes out and then vomits that can afixiate, the airway becomes blocked and they cannot breathe.
Binge Drinking Injuries
There is a large number of accidental injuries associated with binge drinking according to the CDC. There are numerous reports of falls, burns, drowning, lowering of the body temperature to an abnormally low level and motor vehicle crashes as a result of alcohol intoxication. Alcohol can change one’s personality, causing a lapse in judgement and increasing the risk of killing someone, killing themself, child abuse and domestic violence, and the transmission of STDs. Alcohol also has many dangerous effects on the body that could lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, inflammation of the stomach, pancreas, brain, or spinal cord, and poor control of diabetes.
Drinking Could Lead to Death
Drinking could lead to death as alcohol affects the central nervous system, slowing breathing and heart rate. There is a heightened risk of death when intoxicate because it also interferes with the gag reflex that increases the risk of choking on vomit, if the drinker passes out.
If someone you know has been drinking a lot and is confused, vomits, has a seizure, has pale skin, or passes out, seek medical attention immediately.
Binge drinking is a form of alcohol abuse. Many people who regularly binge drink will find themselves developing a dependency to alcohol, making it difficult to stop on their own. Prolonged alcohol abuse can results in not only dependency but liver disease, gastro disease and heart disease as it wears greatly on the body. There are also many other personal, social and professional repercussions to alcohol abuse.
If you or a loved one have an alcohol abuse problem contact an Alcohol Rehabilitation Facility today and get the help you need.
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