Are you using alcohol as a reward? Do you lack the control to stop after one or two drinks? If so, you may be engaging in binge drinking. Binge drinking can be harmful to your health and can lead to addiction. If you are concerned about your binge drinking or that of someone else, there is help available. Read on for information about what binge drinking is, its effects, and how to get help.
What is Binge Drinking?
People who abuse alcohol often experience a pattern of misuse that corresponds with drinking 4 or more drinks in the span of about 2 hours. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 66 million, or about 24 percent of people in the United States ages 12 and older reported binge drinking during the past month.
This begins the question, how often are you finding yourself turning to alcohol? While drinking too much can be a problem, how you handle yourself when alcohol is involved can play a huge role in how your relationships with others develop or dissolve. If you can relate to any of the following, let’s have a chat! Schedule time with me HERE, just click the button on the top right of the page.
Look below for some examples of what would be considered drinking in excess’:
Large amount of alcohol consumption in a short period of time
Spending the weekend on a bender
Beginning your week sick and hungover
Your usual number of drinks has less effect than before