Binge Drinking can ruin your life
Life has not been easy for most of us the last few years. Some people have supportive families friends and people they can go to for help when things get rough. For some of us this is either not an option, or people may not wish to burden others with their issues. Not everyone has support around them. Unfortunately this can often mean that we turn to other things in order to help us when we are struggling.
Binge drinking within the home has become more and more popular. For people who do not drink every day they may kid themselves that their drinking is not as big as a problem to them as it is. Because they never go through withdrawal, the shakes, the dependency etc they think they have 'got away with it'. Their liver function tests may come up normal because they do not drink every day so their body is able to clear out the toxins. Unfortunately there is still damage being done and not just to their bodies.
From my experience binge drinking is possibly worse because of the way it makes people behave especially if someone is using it as a crutch when they go through traumas or sad events that they are struggling to cope with.
If you have a mental illness drinking can exacerbate your feelings and then because alcohol is a depressant you end up in a vicious circle of misery that people do not understand and cannot relate to. They do not realise the terrible effects of the circle of self abuse and really just think you are an a hole.
Binge drinking usually refers to drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time or drinking to get drunk.
In the UK, binge drinking is drinking more than:
- 8 units of alcohol in a single session for men
- 6 units of alcohol in a single session for women
- 6 units is 2 pints of 5% strength beer or 2 large (250ml) glasses of 12% wine
- 8 units is 5 bottles (330ml) of 5% strength beer or 5 small (125ml) glasses of 13% wine
For more examples, use Alcohol Change's unit calculator.
This is not an exact definition for binge drinking that applies to everyone, as tolerance to alcohol can vary from person to person.
The speed of drinking in a session can also alter alcohol's effects.
Drinking too much, too quickly on a single occasion can increase your risk of:
- accidents resulting in injury, causing death in some cases
- misjudging risky situations
- losing self-control, like having unprotected sex
How to reduce your risk
To reduce your health risk from binge drinking, try to:
- limit how much you drink on any single occasion
- drink more slowly
- drink with food
- alternate with water or non-alcoholic drinks
- plan ahead to avoid problems, such as making sure you can get home safely or having people you trust with you
Keeping track of your drinking is even more important if you're out in risky or unfamiliar circumstances.
You can be at risk from others, and may not be able to look after your friends.
You can easily lose control of what you do or say and may make risky decisions, thinking you're invulnerable.
Taken from NHS website
Some people when upset will down a few bars of chocolate and eat cake til they vomit, binge drinkers do that with alcohol. Clearly neither are good as ultimately if you are upset a lot, both will kill you.
I have decided to cut alcohol out of my life, ive done it before its not a big deal. Its been a bad few years I've not much cared about myself or my health but now I am ill its kind of been a scary wake up call for me as was the sudden death of a relative not much older than I am. I wont bother even telling people because I really cant be bothered with the negativity of it and I will be avoiding people who may try to sabotage me or encourage me to drink in any way.
In life, people can really f*ck you up including yourself.