Signs That You’re Drinking Too Much
With April being Alcohol Awareness Month, we thought that an article highlighting warning signs of alcohol abuse would be fitting. Binge drinkers typically are the most dangerous of drinkers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 38 million adults binge drink an average of four times each month. Their report shows that 18-34 year olds do binge drink often, but the over 65 folks that do it the most. Binge drinking leads to over 80,000 deaths each year in the United States and is the third largest cause of preventative deaths.
What is Binge Drinking?
In terms of women, binge drinking means having more than four drinkers in a few hours’ time; while the number is five or more for men. Many believe either someone is alcoholic or a binge drinking, but most Americans lie somewhere in between both terms. The way you drink and your behaviors yield to the type of drinking you are.
If You’re Risky: Drinking in excess can lead to serious accidents such as fatal burns, drownings, falls, car accidents and sexual assaults.
If You’re a Weekend Drinker: While many medical reports show that having seven drinks a week actually does lower one’s risk of diabetes or heart disease, however waiting all week to drink negates any of those supposed health benefits. Binge drinking ultimately leads to increased blood pressure. Binge drinking also can easily lead to alcoholic poisoning.
If You’re Planning on Having One or Two: If you’re drinking sneaks up on you, you may be a binge drinker. Part of the term concerns itself with not knowing one’s drinking limits. Similar to that of one’s health, unexpectedly becoming intoxicated is unhealthy and shows one’s lack of ability to stop before it’s too late.
If You Forget About Your Binging: While alcohol affects everyone differently, the type of medication you take, the amount of food you ate before drinking and genes all contribute to memory loss. Many researchers conclude that heavy drinking can interfere with one’s brain messenger that helps memory.
If You’re Irresponsible: This may be perhaps the biggest sign that you’re drinking too much. According to Keith Humphreys, of the VA/Stanford University Center for Health Care Evaluation in Palo Alto, California, “Drinking is a problem when you notice that you’ve started to neglect things that are important to you for the sake of alcohol.” Whether it’s responsibilities as a parent, spouse, employee or to yourself, you’re probably in the danger zone with drinking if you’re neglecting daily responsibilities.
If You’re Loved Ones are Concerned: It’s time to cut back if you’re loved ones recognize that you’re drinking too much. Most importantly, if you’re afraid to ask loved ones if you’re drinking too much, you most likely are.
Take all of these dangerous signs into account when evaluating your drinking habits. Recognize patterns and work to fight back against a drinking problem before it spirals out of control. Take charge of your life before you lose all control to do so.