The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has defined binge drinking as when an individual drinks on a somewhat consistent basis enough alcohol to bring the alcohol levels in their blood to an 0.8 or higher. This is typically 5 or more drinks for men, and 4 or more drinks for women, in a 2 hour period of time.
There is, however, a difference between a chronic binge drinker and an alcoholic. Binge drinkers consume a great quantity of alcohol in a short period of time, but they’re not necessarily alcohol dependent. Binge drinking can, however, easily develop into an alcohol dependency.
One in six adults in the US binge drink about 4 times a month, usually consuming about 8 drinks per binge. You can see why this would be a habit you would want to break. Not only is binge drinking considered to be unhealthy, it can also be destructive and can lead to potential alcohol dependency and alcoholism.
Binge drinking has become a problem among many college students, particularly college girls. The issue with binge drinking in these situations is that it’s often a social problem. When you binge drink, you’re drinking with the sole purpose of getting drunk, rather than drinking it because you enjoy what you’re drinking. It can be easy to get addicted to that feeling, of being drunk, numb, or out of your head.
Here at Pomarri, we want to help you with your binge drinking tendencies before they escalate into something much worse. Because substance abuse of any kind is a slippery slope, if you feel like you or a loved one is starting to drink more often in greater quantities, even if it’s just in social situations, you may want to consider getting help.