WHAT IS BINGE DRINKING?
Binge drinking is drinking alcohol with the primary intention of becoming intoxicated by drinking a lot of alcohol over a short period of time.
WHY DO PEOPLE BINGE DRINK?
• Peer Pressure
• Alcohol consumption is made to seem attractive and fun.
• Curiosity: people want to know what its like to drink or feel drunk
• They believe it will make them feel good
• They may look at alcohol as a way to reduce stress, even though it can end up creating more stress.
• They want to feel older.
BINGE DRINKING AND ANXIETY
When you drink to excess, it has a significant effect on your physical body, including your nervous system.
Excessive alcohol intake causes:
• Extreme nervousness which will impair mental ability.
• Sleeping problems .
Drinking too much too fast may cause:
• Heart attack
• Alcohol poisoning
BINGE DRINKING AND DEPRESSION
Alcohol is a depressant
Binge drinking will cause depression because the alcohol wipes out “feel good” chemicals in your brain.
Alcohol will also disable the stress hormones in your body temporarily.
Many alcoholics start with binge drinking. And if the binge drinking goes on long enough, it can be considered a form of alcoholism
WHAT IS RESPONSIBLE DRINKING?
Responsible drinking can best be defined as consuming less than two drinks in an hour for non alcoholics
DRINKING FOR ALCOHOLICS
An alcoholic cannot digest alcohol normally so it is recommended that alcoholics do not attempt to take alcohol at all.
Alcohol content is the percentage of alcohol per drink.
What is a suitable intake for one person may well be inappropriate for another when factors such as individual body size and composition, biological make-up, medical history and social circumstances have been taken into account. This should be considered when evaluating individual consumption.
TIPS FOR RESPONSIBLE DRINKING
Drink plenty of water. Pacing yourself no more than 2 drinks per hour this way should ensure your body doesn’t dry out too badly. A pint of water before you sleep can also see off any headaches.
Eat well before you drink.
Try not to mix your drinks, because you’re only adding to the number of toxins that your body has to deal with. If you’re planning to drink then stick to one kind of beverage. That way you won’t crash out so badly.
Be aware of habits and make a mental note of alcohol consumption. If it is difficult to calculate intake keeping a diary can be very helpful.
Know the body and listen to any signs of harmful excess such as nausea, headaches, difficulty sleeping, dizzy spells and memory blackouts
With this information in mind and a sensible approach to alcohol, drinking can be a pleasurable, sociable and healthy part of life.
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