According to the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture, moderate drinking is up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men.
Drinking in any excess is dangerous, but binge drinking is the most dangerous of all. Not only does it wreak havoc on the skin, weight, the brain and the liver, but also can have devastating long term effects on one’s family and friends. Nearly 23,000 deaths occur each year for girls and women with binge drinking. This type of drinking also increases one’s chances of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, heart disease and breast cancer.
Binge drinkers typically are the most dangerous of drinkers. 38 million adults binge drink an average of four times each month. Binge drinking leads to over 80,000 deaths each year in the United States and is the third largest cause of preventative deaths. Binge drinking ultimately leads to increased blood pressure and can easily lead to alcoholic poisoning. Many researchers conclude that heavy drinking can interfere with one’s brain messenger that helps memory.
Alcohol abuse is growing problem on college campuses in the United States. It appears that this problem is truly getting out of hand. Alcohol abuse seems to be causing more violent behaviors on college campuses and even riots in the past decade. Teens and young adults are increasingly tending to drink very large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. This leads to destructive behaviors and the very real risks of alcohol poisoning and developing alcoholism.