Effects of Binge Drinking on Women West Port

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Ladies night out has become as popular as men hanging with the boys in today’s culture. Since this is not a nightly event, women tend to binge drink on these all girl adventures. Approximately 14 million women in America binge drink about three times a month according to the latest survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By drinking six or more alcoholic beverage per binge they exceed the safe drinking limits for women. Each year, 23,000 die from these binge drinking events. As these records indicate, Binge drinking is a common pattern of abuse among both genders but particularly dangerous for women.

One Texas news reporter expressed the opinion that this troubling trend may have a lot to do with the fact that women alcohol is in many cases more accessible to females. For instance women can show up at a bar and have shots bought by several different people over the course of evening. While others may beg to differ, a decades-long study may add credence to this premise. The study found that although binge drinking has decreased significantly or stayed stagnant across a variety of demographics, it has been on the rise for women.

What is Binge Drinking?

As defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism binge drinking is a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08% or higher. For the typical adult, this pattern corresponds to consuming 5 or more drinks (for a male), or 4 or more drinks (for a female), in approximately two hours.
Binge drinking endangers the drinker as well as those around them in ways such as alcohol poisoning, drunk driving accidents and overdose fatalities.

Effects of Binge Drinking on Women

    1. Oxidative Stress and DNA damage. Toxic effects of overdosing on alcohol can cause disturbances in normal cell states resulting in the production of free radicals that damage all components of the cell, including proteins, lipids, and DNA.
    2. Cancer. The medical community is in agreement across the board on this effect. According to the U.S. National Toxicology Program the alcohol we drink is classified as a carcinogen. Binge drinking therefore overload the body with cancer producing carcinogens.
    3. Alcoholism. Incremental drinking builds tolerance which leads to alcohol dependence.
    4. Sexually transmitted disease. Binge drinkers are more likely to have casual sex without protection increasing the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
    5. Brain function impairment. Loss in brain and motor function can occur after women consume four or more drinks. Black outs or the loss of memory due to inebriation is common among binge drinkers of which women are now in the majority.

According to the Center for Disease Control the harmful effects from binge drinking run the gamut but this condition can be curbed with greater awareness and thoughtful alcohol treatment interventions. If you or a loved one is a binge drinker call West Port Drug Treatment Centers today at (203) 571-0064.

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