Learn More about Binge Drinking; What is it and What is the cost?

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The infographic below, created by Gulf Breeze Recovery with statistics from national surveys from the CDC, indicates that binge drinking is a common problem with a much larger range of the population than just teens.

Binge Drinking Facts!

There is a cost to all of us. Drinking too much cost the United States $249 billion in 2010.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as 5 or more drinks for men and 4 or more drinks for women in about 2 hours. 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.

There is a cost to all of us. Drinking too much, including binge drinking, cost the United States $249 billion in 2010 from losses in productivity, health care, crime, and other expenses. Binge drinking was responsible for 77% of these costs, or $191 billion.

According to the CDC, binge drinking leads to accidental injuries. These include motor vehicle crashes, falls, burns, drowning, and lowering of the body temperature to an abnormally low level (especially if the binge drinker is outside during winter months). Binge drinkers have increased risk of killing someone, killing oneself, child abuse, domestic violence, high blood pressure, heart attack, sexually transmitted infections, and poor control of diabetes, along with inflammation of the stomach, pancreas, brain, or spinal cord.

Too much alcohol can cause death. Alcohol affects the central nervous system, slowing breathing and heart rate. It also interferes with the gag reflex, which increases the risk of choking on vomit, if the drinker passes out from too much drinking. Blood alcohol levels can continue to rise even if a person discontinues drinking and/or passes out.

People who often engage in binge drinking are more likely to develop a drinking problem.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one has a drinking problem call us (855-973-3551) at Gulf Breeze Recovery.

About Gulf Breeze Recovery: Gulf Breeze Recovery is unlike any other treatment center in the world and is changing the future of addiction treatment. Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is designed for those who are looking for something that may produce a different and positive result. This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life. Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is designed for those who struggle with chronic relapse. Gulf Breeze Recovery’s waterfront facility provides comfort and care with private & semi-private rooms, medical detox, healthy and delicious meals prepared by our executive chefs, exercise, spa and more. For more information about our program or to speak with an Admissions Counselor, please call 855-973-3551.

References:
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/moderate-binge-drinking
CDC Fact Sheet. http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm
CDC - Alcohol Poisoning Deaths. http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/alcohol-poisoning-deaths/index.html

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