3 Long Term Negative Health Effects Of Binge Drinking

2012-12-28 |

Although the time leading up to different holidays can be stressful with all the travel and preparation that is required, holidays still represent an opportunity to reduce our stress levels. We may have opportunities to reconnect with friends and family, to enjoy some good meals and to catch up on sleep. For some people, however, holidays are simply another opportunity to drink excessively or binge drink. Unfortunately, this only serves to exchange one type of stress on the body for another.

What Is Binge Drinking?

In simplest terms, binge drinking is the act of drinking enough in a given sitting to become intoxicated. In most situations, the act of becoming intoxicated is intentional and social in nature. However, there is no exact amount of alcohol consumed that is universally accepted as binge drinking. That said, drinking 4 to 5 drinks from the following list in a sitting is often fits the description:

– a bottle or a third of a pint of beer
– half of a glass of wine
– one shot of hard liquor

How Many People Binge Drink?

While we may correctly associate binge drinking with the lifestyle of many young males, such short term excess alcohol consumption is an activity of many members of the population. According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) early in 2012, more than 50% of the alcohol that adults consume is done as part of binge drinking. Not surprisingly, this drinking occurs on weekends and holidays. In fact, according to the report, 1 in 10 adults binge drink roughly one day every weekend.

Binge drinking is not just a young man’s game however. A research survey conducted by Duke University in 2009 found that among adults 50 to 64, almost 1 in 4 men and 1 in 10 women engage in binge drinking in a given month. Among adults who were over 65, 1 in 7 men and 1 in 30 women are likely to be binge drinkers. Overall, this represents a significant portion of the population.

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Category: Disease Prevention, General Health, Health Risks, Medical Research

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