Binge Drinking in Adult Women

Binge Drinking in Adult WomenBinge drinking is an increasingly significant problem among adult women in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control approximately 75% of the alcohol consumed by adults in the US comes through bingeing. This type of alcohol abuse is extremely dangerous physically and psychologically and can affect women in unique ways.

What Is Binge Drinking for a Woman?

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as the consuming enough alcohol to bring someone’s blood alcohol level to .08% or above. For most women this requires about four drinks within 2 hours. This level of consumption can cause the following immediate effects:

  • Extremely poor physical coordination
  • Intense euphoria
  • Significant lapses in judgment
  • Physical stress to vital organs
  • Loss of consciousness or coma

A blood alcohol level of .08% is considered legally drunk, and binge drinking is any consumption of alcohol with the specific intent of achieving this effect. Any time a person drinks to get drunk she risks her health and even her life.

Risks Associated with Binge Drinking

Binge drinking often results in any of the following physiological or social effects:

  • Personal injury
  • Loss of self-control
  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless behavior
  • Criminal activity
  • Abuse of others
  • Risky sexual activity resulting in disease or unintended pregnancy
  • Brain or nerve damage
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Death

Binge drinking creates euphoria in the same part of the brain that manages impulse control, emotions, anxiety and the formation of habits. This emotional core or “pleasure center” of the brain can direct behavior more powerfully than rational thought. Binge drinking greatly increases the risk of alcohol dependency disorder or alcoholism.

Help for Binge Drinking and Alcohol Dependency

If you are concerned about your use of alcohol, or if you find that once you start drinking you can’t stop until you are intoxicated, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today. Our counselors can answer your questions about binge drinking and the unique risks this behavior poses for women. If your binge drinking is out of control, we can connect you with excellent resources that can help you regain your physical and emotional health.

Although made light of and even celebrated in American culture as a “good time,” binge drinking is a risky, even deadly issue that has ruined many lives. We can help you get a handle on this area of your life if you call us today.