Binge drinking is the “consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time” with the purpose of getting drunk. It has negative health effects and social consequences such as alcohol poisoning, suicide, sexual assaults, violence, and traffic accidents.
Many students, young people, military people, and adolescents engage in binge drinking. However, the list isn’t all encompassing, anyone can binge drink. Many inexperienced drinkers put themselves at risk of being in an accident, sexual assault, and other harmful circumstances.
The most common demographic partaking in binge drinking are people under 25. Younger people may binge drink due to peer pressure, or social anxiety. It’s considered a social health problem, and can lead to fatal consequences.
|A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Alcohol poisoning is a serious consequence of binge drinking. It can lead to hospitalization, vomiting, nausea, or even death. When a person is heavily intoxicated, they may be coerced into situations they normally wouldn’t do. Many rapes and sexual assaults happen when people are under the influence of alcohol. Drink spiking is known to happen at clubs, bars, and parties. Drink spiking is when a predator adds a drug, like a sedative to an unknowing victim’s drink with the purpose of executing a sexual assault.
Binge drinking can also lead to long term alcohol problems, such as liver disease, brain damage, or other organ damage. Research suggests those who regularly binge drink are at a higher risk for developing alcoholism.
If you binge drink regularly, or have a problem with drugs or alcohol, we offer help here at our Florida drug rehab center. Our alcohol addiction treatment program can guide you back to health and happiness. We also have a specialized chemical dependency treatment program that can help you regain balance in your life.