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Binge drinking or consumption of high amounts of alcohol usually with the aim of getting drunk is a big problem in all societies. Many people have the mistaken belief that this is only a problem with alcoholics. The reality is that about one third of adolescents binge drink and most people indulge in it at some point during their lifetime. The fact that the problem is more predominant in the younger age group including teens makes it even more serious. Dangers of binge drinking range from immediate life-threatening risks to lifelong problems.
For men, binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks in a row. For women, this number reduces to four drinks in a row. This kind of drinking will push up the blood alcohol levels beyond legal and sensible limits usually resulting in intoxication. As it is mostly done in groups, there is a party or social label to it. The statistics are indeed grim.
The dangers of binge drinking can be classified into four major groups, immediate health risks, problems which result due to impaired judgment, long-term health problems and long-term personality issues.
Alcohol clouds reflexes and judgment making binge drinkers do things they would not do if they were not under its influence. They also become more vulnerable to abuse or assault by others.
Binge drinking can eventually affect the personality of the individual. Here are some of the possible consequences:
The above list only touches upon the most common and dangerous consequences of binge drinking. The dangers of binge drinking are serious and not very apparent. Timely action is required to bring an end to this habit. Awareness and education about these dangers can prevent people from indulging in binge drinking. If a person refuses to give up the habit, intervention and counseling becomes necessary.
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