One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to alcohol abuse is that of assuming that if you do not drink massive quantities of a daily basis, you do not have a problem. It is largely assumed that only those in need of professional help via alcohol detoxification centres have genuine alcohol problems – everyone else remaining in control of their actions.
In reality however, it really isn’t the case at all. These days, much of the world has fallen into something of a binge drinking culture, which despite being considered the norm is fundamentally more dangerous than most realise. Binge drinkers generally do not consider themselves to have alcohol problems – experts argue that the truth is actually quite to the contrary.
Characteristics of a Binge Drinker
Generally speaking, binge drinking is associated with those who deliberately drink excessive amounts of alcohol during any given session. However, the term also replies to those who drink as fast as they possibly can to get drunk in the shortest possible time, along with those who unintentionally end up losing control of having found themselves unable to stop once they have started drinking.
In all such instances, this represents potentially dangerous binge drinking.
The simple fact of the matter is that even if you do not drink alcohol particularly regularly, this does not mean that you do not have a problem when you do drink alcohol. The simple fact of the matter is that when you bombard your body with vast quantities of alcohol all in one sitting, you run the risk of doing significant and perhaps even permanent damage to your vital organs. Not only this, but you also risk potentially deadly alcohol poisoning – crossing the line into outright toxicity is considerably easier than you might think.
One of the biggest problems with binge drinking is the way in which scientific research has shown strong links between rapid alcohol consumption and increased aggression. More often than not, casual drinking on a slower and controlled basis leads to a sense of lazy lethargy, relaxation and sleepiness. Nevertheless, with alcohol is consumed excessively quickly or in substantial amounts during a single session, it can quickly and drastically alter the brain’s ability to function in a rational and structured way. The result of which being a frame of mind where even the smallest of incidents and stimuli that you would probably overlook while sober become the kinds of things that trigger dangerous reactions and confrontations.
Loss of Consciousness
In addition, binge drinking is also known to significantly increase the likelihood of the respective individual crossing the line and losing consciousness entirely. Suffice to say, the consequences of losing control of your actions and completely losing control of your body are largely self-explanatory. Each year sees hundreds of thousands of trips to the ER prompted by those who have consumed way too much alcohol in a short period of time and summarily ended up well and truly in harm’s way. While consuming excessive amounts of alcohol in any context or setting is entirely inadvisable, you are at least considerably less likely to lose control if your consumption is controlled, slower and more spaced out.
When to Say No
One of the main reasons why binge drinking can lead to so many negative consequences is the way in which those taking part in such activities genuinely have no idea when to say no. When you consume alcohol at a slow and sensible pace, you are able to take better control over when and where you have had enough. You feel the effects of the alcohol coming on much more slowly and when you eventually realise you have reached your limit, you know when to say no. With binge drinking on the other hand, it is quite to the contrary. The reason being that rather than giving the alcohol from each drink sufficient time to enter your system and have its effect on you, you instead continue drinking relentlessly. Which in turn means that you have no idea whether the drink you consumed 30 minutes ago will take you well and truly over the edge, as you’ve already consumed another three or four shots in the interim.
Contrary to popular belief, getting out of the habit of binge drinking and cutting down alcohol consumption doesn’t necessarily mean putting a stop to the fun. When you think about how many times you have woken up unable to remember a single thing from the previous night, feeling absolutely horrific and having spent three-times more than you intended, you have to ask yourself – what exactly did I get out of the experience? The answer is of course, nothing – so why bother doing exactly the same thing, over and over again?