Finding Exclusive Help for Binge Drinkers
Many binge drinkers deny that they have a problem because they don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol every day. You may, however, have a drinking problem if your drinking habits are affecting your work performance, your health, your finances or your personal relationships. If you feel like your drinking is out of control, seek help. Alcohol abuse has been linked to numerous health problems which include liver damage, cancer, hypertension, obesity, heart arrhythmias and alcohol poisoning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six Americans has a binge drinking problem. Are you one of them?
Drink in Moderation
Current dietary guidelines recommend that men have only two drinks per day and women should have only one drink per day. In contrast, a male binge drinker will consume five or more drinks in rapid succession and a female binge drinker will consume four or more drinks. These drinks usually take place in a single sitting within a few hours so blood alcohol concentration (BAC) rises to 0.08 percent or higher quite quickly.
*Signs You Are a Binge Drinker
- You engage in bouts of heavy drinking on a regular basis.
- You exceed your drinking limits. You may tell yourself you are only going to have one drink but end up having several more drinks.
- You wake up the next morning and can’t remember parts of the previous night. Or you wake up in your bed and have no clue as to how you got there.
- You frequently neglect your responsibilities such as going to work or attending class because you are hungover from heavy drinking.
- Family, friends and your significant other are telling you that they suspect you have a drinking problem.
- You feel embarrassed, ashamed or guilty after heavy drinking.
- You use alcohol to cope with depression, stress and anxiety. You use alcohol whenever you feel overwhelmed by a personal problem.
- You lie about your drinking habits when confronted by others.
- You engage in risky behavior when you drink. Since alcohol lowers your inhibitions, you take risks that you normally never would.
How Can I Control My Drinking?
If you feel that you have a binge drinking problem, find ways to cut back on the amount and frequency that you are drinking. Depending on the severity of your drinking problem, you may be able to moderate your drinking and reduce the risk of becoming an alcoholic. If your binge drinking is already occurring frequently, it may be time to seek professional treatment. Here are a few tips that can help you control your alcohol use.
- Identify the reasons you want to drink less.
- Set a drinking limit and stick to it.
- Tell your family and friends that you have new rules when it comes to your drinking habits. This may help ward off temptations at weekend parties, family get-togethers and other social events.
- Avoid playing drinking games when you go out with friends.
- Alternate drinking non-alcoholic drinks like soda or ice tea with alcoholic beverages. This will give your body a chance to process the alcohol.
- Avoid people who are heavy drinkers. Hang out with people who don’t drink very much. Peer pressure is a big reason why teens and young adults engage in binge drinking.
If you are unable to control your drinking or regularly participate in binge drinking, contact us for assistance in finding an appropriate treatment program that addresses your physical and emotional needs. Depending on your preference, you can either choose an exclusive or private inpatient treatment or an outpatient treatment program that suits your needs.