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Binge Drinking

 Facts About Binge Drinking

When in college, drinking every weekend (or day) may sound like a superb idea until you come face to face with the not-so-good effects. Binge drinking can be very bad for your mental, as well as physical health. These effects can be both short and long term ones. Apart from your health impact of binge drinking, other effects include having negative impacts on your relationships and social life.

What is Binge Drinking?

It is taking excessive alcohol, in a short period of time, or drinking to get drunk. This normally occurs, after drinking 4 drinks in men and in women, 5 drinks – in two hours’ time.

Heavy Drinking Definition

This is defined as drinking of 5 or more alcoholic drinks, on one occasion, on each of the 5 or more days, within 30 days.

Low Risk Drinking

It is no more than taking 3 drinks, in a day or no more than 7 drinks, in a week for women.  In men, it is not taking more than 4 drinks, in a day and no more than 14 drinks, in a week.

People who Avoid Alcohol

People who should avoid alcohol completely are those that:-

  • Want to operate machinery or drive a vehicle.

 

  • Take medication which interacts with alcohol.

 

  • Have alcohol aggravated medical conditions.

 

  • Are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant.

 

Why is Binge Drinking Riskier than Normal Drinking?

The body processes one unit of alcohol, in an hour. Two wine glasses might not seem very much, but drinking of six alcohol units, in a short time frame like an hour, raises the blood alcohol concentration and you could get drunk very quickly.

 

What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Too Much?

 

  1. Alcohol Poisoning

 

Binge drinking is one of the largest causes of alcohol poisoning, in which seizures, confusion, vomiting and very slow or irregular breathing can occur. After becoming unconscious, the alcohol in the digestive tract is still released into your bloodstream, making the alcohol level in your body to still rise even after colding out.

 

  1. Messing of the Pancreas

 

While drinking alcohol, the pancreas goes into overdrive, pumping out extra insulin to break it down, like regular sugar. The body tries to digest and metabolize the alcohol, though there is no energy to get it out. In this case, all the idle calories that the body cannot utilize for energy, get stored as fat. Binge drinking interferes with digestive juices secretion ability, of the pancreas, causing inflammation which leads to acute pancreatitis.

 

  1. Liver Getting Super Stressed Through Overworking

 

The liver is a primary organ which handles potential poisonous things coming into the body.  It metabolizes about a half an ounce per hour of alcohol safely. When many shots are taken at ago, the liver gets overwhelmed. Serious liver damage including fibrosis, scar tissues and cirrhosis are common results of alcoholism. Binge drinking also desensitizes the liver, making it susceptible to damage, over time.

 

  1. Suppression of the Peripheral Nervous System

 

Nerves have to send signals and coordinate for the nervous system to work.  Alcohol imitates the neurotransmitters for connecting one neuron to another. In mimicking the neurotransmitter, alcohol binds itself to brain receptors, blocking proper neurologic transmission of message. That is the cause of the slow, slurred speech, dizziness and lack of balance, in drunkards. The damage can be permanent.

 

  1. Heart Health can be compromised

Raised triglyceride blood levels, stroke and even high blood pressure, have been linked to drinking of alcohol. A study on binge drinking students in America, found the high blood pressure risk in them was high. 25% of them were in the group of prehypertension.

 

 

Other Effects of Binge Drinking

 

  1. Car accidents.

 

  1. Unplanned pregnancies or STIs, due to unprotected sex.

 

  1. Embarrassment and shame from your actions.

 

  1. Loss of items of value, such as lost phone or damaged car.

 

  1. Reckless spending of money while under alcohol influence, which is needed for other things.

 

  1. Loss of income, due to time off work.

 

  1. Sexual dysfunction.

 

  1. Causes cancer including mouth cancer, breast, throat and bowel.

 

  1. Loose loved ones or friends, because of your behavior.

 

  1. Absenteeism in class

 

  1. Poor academic performance

 

Some Tips on Controlling Your Drinking

 

  1. Set and stick to limits set by you. Do not let other persons pressure you, to drink more than you want.

 

  1. Quench your thirst with a non-alcoholic drink first, if at all you are thirsty.

 

  1. Drink slowly, by taking sips and not gulps.

 

  1. Use a small glass for drinking. Other wine glasses can hold many standard drinks.

 

  1. Know exactly what you are drinking. ‘Alcopop’ (Pre-mixed wine/spirit or sweet flavored ready-to-drink., can be very strong, although they do not taste like strong alcohol.

 

  1. Try non-alcoholic or low-alcohol alternative.

 

  1. Eat while and before drinking, though avoid salty snacks as they make you feel thirsty.

 

  1. Avoid getting into ‘shouts’ or ‘rounds’, as they make you drink fast and more, so as to keep up with friends.

 

  1. Avoid ‘top-ups’. Take one drink at a time, to track how many drinks you are taking.

 

  1. Keep busy, do not just drink and sit. Dancing or playing games or music, can divert the focus on drinking.

 

Binge Drinking is a Deadly Dangerous Game

 

Binge Drinking is a pattern, which brings a 0.08 percent greater than normal, a person’s blood alcohol concentration. Although binge drinkers might not drink every day, they do engage in drinking and consume more than what, is safe in a short amount of time. Studies show that binge drinkers take alcohol, at least twice in a week.

 

A Real Problem Across the Board

 

Binge drinking is an underage and adult drinker’s problem. Let’s see some United States binge drinking facts:

 

  1. Binge drinking is in the form of 75 percent, of all consumed alcohol in the United States.

 

  1. The likely binge drinkers are underage drinkers.

 

  1. 26 years and older adults are involved in 70 percent of binge drinking episodes.

 

  1. 90 percent of the alcohol taken by youths below the age of 21, is in the form of binge drinking.

As a college students, you need to know the way alcohol affects you.  Plan ahead, if you are aware you will be alcohol drinking.

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