The Dangers of Binge DrinkingBinge drinking can lead to alcoholism. Get the facts and learn how to stop binge drinking
When it comes to talking about binge drinking there is a lot of confusion as to what actually constitutes binge drinking and the effects it has on an individual's health, both physical and mental.
Although, binge drinking is not officially classed as alcoholism. It can be just as harmful to your health and presents other dangers such as an increased risk of accidents, violence and risky sexual behavior.
Many believe binge drinking to be something only alcoholics engage in but this is just not the case. Most of us will, at some stage in our lives, engage in binge drinking.
The Dangers of Binge Drinking What is Binge Drinking?
Binge drinking over many years presents the same problems as does chronic alcoholism.
So what can be done to stop binge drinking?
The Dangers of Binge Drinking How to Stop Binge Drinking
The individual who wants to stop binge drinking and give up alcohol altogether can do it in a number of ways:
1. Just stop drinking. Easier said then done and a very difficult thing to do. However, there is alcoholism medication available that can make it easier.
2. Individual Therapy. This is good if you want to stop drinking and explore further as to why you binge drink. Many people find such information valuable and helpful.
3. Group Therapy. As above but instead of a one-to-one with a therapist/counselor. It is a group with one or two counselors. Some people prefer this option because they feel less pressure in a group situation.
4. The Sinclair Method. Statistically far more effective than AA, yet little known of outside Finland. Utilizing the anti-craving medication, Naltrexone, this treatment is said to have a 75% success rate. Read The Sinclair Method to learn more.
5. Treatment Center.Residential, intensive treatment. Not a place for those who want to cut down on their drinking. Going to a Treatment center usually involves a 4 week stay, therapy (one-to-one and group), self-reflection, and a LOT of heartache. The most effective way to stop drinking but also expensive and time consuming.
6. 12 Step Meetings.Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are gatherings of those who want to stop drinking therefore it is not a place for those who want to control their drinking. However, if you do want to give up alcohol altogether then it is a place to find empathy and support. There is no counseling or therapy. It is a place to express your feelings among sympathetic people.
7. Alternative Treatment Options. There are many ways and methods that have been devised to help people get off alcohol. AA Alternatives lists and discusses the options we believe to be the most effective.
Do you want help with moderating your drinking? Are you worried that if you continue the way you are you might become dependent on alcohol? Have you been told that Alcoholics Anonymous is the answer? WRONG! AA is for alcoholics, not problem drinkers. "Stop Drinking Alcohol" is an e-book that gives problem drinkers the tools to either return to normal drinking (staying within moderate drinking guidelines) or stop altogether WITHOUT the need for the 12 steps. I highly recommend it as a viable alternative for binge drinkers wishing to cut down on their alcohol consumption.
If you or someone close to you wants help and advice on quitting drinking then take a look at the following pages:
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice, Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)