It’s hard to digest that at least 1 in 6 U.S. Adults are in to binge drinking. Having four or more drinks on one occasion for women or more than five drinks for men is considered binge drinking according to Ursula Baur, PhD, MPH. This is common for college age kids. Many take 8 glasses in one shot. That is a lot of alcohol for one person to handle. When you add up the percentages of the age groups, you have about 38 million adults who go overboard with their alcohol consumption.
The Biggest Binge Drinking Age Groups
Not surprisingly, one of the biggest age group for binge drinking is the 18-34-year-olds. According to research, people 65 years and older binge drink more than any other group. This age group is reported to binge drink five or six times in a month.
Obvious Reasons This is Not Good Research
Binge drinking is responsible for roughly 80,000 deaths a year in the U.S. Drinking in general if not done responsibly, is a set up for disaster to begin with. Add in binge drinking and all kinds of things happen. People get hurt, people aren’t responsible, people hurt other people in drunken rages and careless mistakes that could otherwise be avoided, and those are just a few reasons. Not to mention the link it has to people who are depressed, suicidal, and sexually promiscuous.
Being drunk itself is a set up for spreading STD’s, unplanned pregnancies, and alcohol dependency. This information is from a poll done based on more than 450,000 adults, 18 and older living in the United States. Sadly, researchers know these statistics are modest. Since most drinkers don’t want to admit to how much they actually drink. So the percentages are most likely higher. When sales of alcohol are compared to a poll and the numbers don’t match, sales don’t lie.
Excessive Alcohol Dangerous to Young Women and Girls
People may or may not know that 1 in 5 girls in high school binge drink. But what they most likely don’t know is they’re increasing their risk for diseases such as breast cancer, STD’s, and unintended pregnancy. There is a risk for women over 18 as well. At least 1 in 8 women binge drink and the statistics are the same. Young women and girls seem to ignore these statistics and pretend none of the above will happen to them. The binge drinking is most common with high school girls and college age; White and Hispanic women in particular.
So Little Does so Much Harm
Men, Women and girls never stop to think about how much less alcohol it takes to intoxicate a female than a male. That is mostly due to size. Typically those drinking are not concerned with how much more quickly they will become intoxicated. They don’t care until it’s too late. There have been reports on the news about teens that drink so much they never wake up. This is especially true for a smaller female who doesn’t weigh much. Too much alcohol is deadly in more ways than one.
Binge Drinking and Peer Pressure
Many teen girls and college age women in general get into drinking due to peer pressure. They don’t have the maturity to think ahead about the consequences. Some of this is about realizing that a healthier alcohol intake is much more fun and safe than binge drinking. They aren’t thinking about getting into a car accident because their friend had too much to drink. Most won’t become alcoholics, but it’s the chance of becoming one if they get too into the drunk feeling of “being loose and carefree” with the world. This is a great way to get nowhere and never reach any goals or be a real person who has something to offer to the world.
There is Help For Those Who Want to Get Sober
With statistics like these, it’s no wonder some intervention is needed. Researchers want to keep the sales of alcoholic at the legal age drinking limit of 21. They want to hold retailers somewhat responsible for dangerous behavior associated with what young people do once they have had too much to drink. There are supposed to be restrictions on hours and when sales of alcoholic are open. They want to maintain this.
Binge drinking is much more dangerous than young people want to admit. Some of them happen to “get lucky”; so-to-speak if nothing happens. For those who have had enough of this dangerous trend, there is help. There are many treatments centers that work with young people. You want to hope people will get the help before another person is diagnosed with cancer, seriously injures someone in a car accident, or gets a nasty STD. Think about how unaware people are when they’re drink. Anything under the sun can happen and the drunken person is completely unaware until they are forced to deal with the consequences.