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What is Binge Drinking | Primary Purpose Behavioral Health

Drinking heavily could include injuries, violence, uncontousness, inability to speak, reason or communicate with those around you.

The NIAA says "binge drinking" is defined as a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or 0.08 grams of alcohol per deciliter, or higher - In other words, binge drinking is when a person drinks heavily 3 or more times in 2 weeks. Drinking heavily could include injuries, violence, unconsciousness, inability to speak, reason or communicate with those around you.

what is binge drinking

The NIAA deems it binge drinking if a woman has four or more drinks, or a man has five or more drinks, within a 2 hour period.

The West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy has kindly published the risks associated with binge drinking - and they are sobering (no pun intended).

  • Death - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 50% of all deaths involving alcohol are caused by binge drinking. Over 95,000 deaths are related to alcohol with 46% associated with binge drinking. 

  • Unintentional injuries - Motor vehicle accidents, falls, drowning, burns, and alcohol poisoning.

  • Victim of violence - Homicide, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault.

  • Self-Harm - Suicide. 

  • Unsafe sexual behaviors - Unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease

  • Pregnancy Issues - Miscarriage, stillbirth, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

  • Chronic diseases - Weight gain, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and liver disease.

  • Cancer - Breast , liver, colon, rectum, mouth, pharynx, larynx, and esophagus.

  • Memory and learning problems.

  • Long term disorders-Alcohol use disorder. 

  • Social isolation. 

For help with binge drinking or substance abuse, reach out to Primary Purpose Behavioral Health today.

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