Binge drinking is a common problem, particularly among those between the ages of 18 to 34 and 65 or older. Binge drinking is defined as consuming enough alcoholic beverages to cause a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. One of the most significant health problems that can occur is alcohol poisoning, which is life-threatening. It also increases the risk of high blood pressure, liver disease, stroke, and neurological dysfunction.
A person who binge drinks is more likely to engage in risky behavior, such as unprotected sex. This increases the risk of acquiring sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and an unwanted pregnancy. When an expectant mother binge drinks, her child may be born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. In addition to these health consequences, a person who binge drinks may unintentionally injure him or herself, or other people. Domestic violence, car crashes, drowning accidents, and similar incidents are more likely among those who binge drink.
Chemical dependency programs can help those with an alcohol abuse problem. Las Encinas Hospital of Pasadena provides compassionate addiction treatment in a supportive, tranquil environment. Call us today at (888) 348-2165 with any questions you may have.