Binge Drinking and Responsible Awareness

Binge Drinking and
Responsible Awareness

Know the Facts

What is binge drinking?

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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking is defined as a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08 percent or more. It is the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time.

What is considered moderate alcohol consumption?

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, United States Department of Health and Human Services and United States Department of Agriculture, moderate drinking is up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men.

What is considered a “drink”?

A drink is defined as 12 ounces of a 5 percent alcohol by volume beer; 4 ounces of 13 percent wine; or 1.5 ounces of 40 percent distilled spirit.

Is binge drinking different for men and women?

Yes, binge drinking for women is consuming 4 or more drinks on one occasion and binge drinking for men is consuming 5 or more drinks on one occasion. Know When to Stop Men and Women

What health problems are associated with binge drinking?

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  • Unintentional injuries (e.g., car crashes, falls, burns, drowning)
  • Intentional injuries (e.g., firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence, suicide)
  • Alcohol poisoning, a medical emergency that results from high blood alcohol levels that can shut down critical areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate and body temperature, resulting in death.
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Unintended pregnancy
  • Children born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  • High blood pressure, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Neurological damage
  • Poor control of diabetes

What are some statistics of binge drinking?

  • 24 percent of binge drinkers reported being a passenger in a car with a driver under the influence of alcohol.
  • 33 percent of binge drinkers reported they “blacked out” or forgot what they did.
  • 31 percent of binge drinkers reported having unprotected sex.
  • 15 percent of binge drinkers physically injure themselves.
  • 24 percent of binge drinkers get rides from drunk drivers.
  • 32 percent report doing something they regretted.
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What are tips for responsible drinking?

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