Colorado Drug Rehab....Alcohol Binge Drinking
GETTING DRUNK, SMASHED, BUZZED, PLASTERED, TRASHED, LOOPY, OUT-OF-IT, SNOOKERED, OR HIGH
BINGE DRINKING means the heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time. Alcohol is one of the most abused drugs in our society and throughout the world. The consequences of alcohol abuse and addiction is a public health problem in all societies and the information below may help you understand how deadly binge drinking, in particluar, can be.
The generally accepted definition is the consumption of five or more drinks in a row by men, or four or more drinks in a row by women, in about two hours. Heavy binge drinking includes three or more such instances in two weeks.
Binge drinking often comes under the guise of fun and games. But what’s fun about throwing your guts up? There comes a point when falling over, getting into fights and passing out loses its appeal. Getting so wrecked you can barely walk, never mind walk straight, means you're putting yourself at risk for more than a sore head the next day. Binge drinking is dangerous to the you and to people around you.
Alcohol is one of the worst drugs for brining out other behaviors that hurt you and others.
HOW CAN YOU SPOT BINGE DRINKING:
• Someone initiates drinking to get drunk and lose control
• They drink quickly and in large amounts
• They are prone to do stupid and harmful activities like driving under the influence, starting fights, and taking unnecessary risks of any kind.
The most serious immediate consequence of binge drinking is alcohol poisoning—a severe and potentially deadly reaction to an alcohol overdose. When you consume excessive amounts of alcohol, the brain is deprived of oxygen and the struggle to deal with an overdose of alcohol and lack of oxygen will eventually cause the brain to shut down the voluntary functions that regulate breathing and heart rate.
Alcohol poisoning is not to be taken lightly. It can cause death. If a person is known to have consumed large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time, symptoms of alcohol poisoning to watch for include; vomiting; unconsciousness; cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin, and slow or irregular breathing (less than eight breaths a minute or 10 or more seconds between breaths). If you are with someone who experiences these symptoms, do not leave them alone, keep this person awake and CALL 911.
Other short-term effects of binge drinking include:
• Loss of consciousness (a sign of alcohol poisoning)
• Hangover—headache, intense thirst, nausea, vomiting,
extreme sensitivity to light and noise, blurry vision,
shakiness, and exhaustion
• Falling or running into things, causing injury or death
• Inability to make good decisions
• Unplanned or unsafe sexual activity
• Increased risk of sexual assault
• Getting into trouble with authorities
• Damaging property
• Behaving aggressively and getting into fights
• Respiratory arrest
• Choking to death on vomit
• Sudden death from stroke
• Increased risk of drowning
• Loss of reasoning ability, movement control, and
reaction speed—all of which make you deadly behind the wheel of a car
Even ten hours after you sober up, your reasoning ability, movement control, and reaction speed are still limited.
If you know anyone that in involved in binge drinking, it is YOUR responsibility to intervene.. we can help. Call us and we will help determine if this is alcohol abuse or alcoholism or addiction. We can determine the severity of the problem and advice as to what steps need to be taken to safe this life. Some alcohol treatment is very successful and, of course, life is precious and alcohol is a poison...you do the math....
Special thanks to SBIRT Colorado for this data. For more information call 303.369.0039 x245 http://improvinghealthcolorado.org/
If you or a loved one fits into this type of drinking, then you should call us at 877-888-4802 and explore the severity of your drinking problem. Binge drinking is a very dangerous activity, taking many deaths every year.
It should also be remembered that women don't metabolize alcohol has easily as do men so binge drinking with women competing with men is quite dangerous.
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