Information On Alcohol AbuseCauses, effects, statistics and advice on binge drinking
Binging on alcohol is so ubiquitous in some western societies that we've kind of accepted it. Accepted is perhaps the wrong word, 'become immune to' is maybe a better one (or three).
We may shake our heads and murmur about the state of the world when we see some young person falling around the street, but the truth is we've seen it before, we'll see it again so why worry about it.
There are also those who see binging on alcohol as a so-called rite of passage for young people. They're young, they want to have fun, experiment. Why fuss about it, they'll grow out of it.
Everything changes when we become parents ourselves, then binge drinking develops into a clear and present danger. Suddenly drinking too excess gets the attention it deserves.
And we are right to be worried. It's true that many young people will grow out of getting drunk, however, a minority will not and will go on to develop alcohol abuse issues and/or become alcohol dependent.
It's not just the young who engage in excessive alcohol consumption, all age groups are prone to binging on alcohol. All are damaging their health (physical AND mental) with their behavior.
Health is not the only thing affected, on top of this individuals are much more likely to be involved in accidents and/or engage in criminal behavior if under the influence of alcohol.
Getting information on alcohol abuse and becoming educated about the dangers of binge drinking, will, I hope, help you or a loved one make a better decision the next time you (or they) are presented with an opportunity to binge drink.
If you scroll down you will find topics related to our theme (in blue), if you think the topic may be of interest, then please click on the headline. If you have any questions concerning any aspect of alcohol consumption or alcohol dependency then, as always, feel free to contact me.
Want to know more about what a binge drinker is? Then read our fact page, which will give you a basic overview, having read this, you can then explore the issue in more depth. Go to Binge Drinking Facts.
An in-depth look at the current definitions applied to the term 'binge drinking'. We all know that a binge drinker is someone who gets drunk, but what does this actually mean? Read What Is Binge Drinking? for more.
Why do people binge drink? Not an easy question to answer. Their reasons are as varied as their personalities. However, there are certain reasons common to many who binge drink. Read Reasons For Binge Drinking to discover more.
Figures on binge drinking reveal that it is the young who engage in this activity the most. Those attending college or other third-level institutions are particularly prone to excessive alcohol consumption.
Mention a binge drinker and most will conjure up the image of a surly teen with a bottle to their lips (see photo at the top of this page). Unfortunately their is an element of truth to this stereotype of the binge drinker. Read Teenage Binge Drinkers for more.....
Some would say you can't possibly attend a college without engaging in binge drinking at least once or twice. This may be so, but why is it so common for college students to binge drink and what are the possible effects of this practice.
Although binge drinking is bad enough, it is far worse (and, thankfully rare) if a teen becomes dependent on alcohol. If you are an adolescent and suspect you might be alcohol dependent, then take this simple Alcoholic vs.Binge Drinker Test.
Both binge drinking and alcoholism are examples of alcohol abuse, however, alcoholism is the long term abuse of alcohol, while binge drinking is the abuse of alcohol over a relatively shorter period of time, usually an evening.
If you are an adult and believe that you may be alcohol dependent, then take one of our alcoholism tests. They can give you a relatively accurate assessment of your drinking problem. remember, however, they are no substitute for a physician's opinion.
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)