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Is Binge Drinking Only a Problem for College Students?

While many would assume that binge drinking is the type of potent alcoholism that involves extended inebriation and an individual who ignores all other responsibilities in order to consume alcohol, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that just five or more daily drinks for a male and four of more daily drinks for a female can equate to binge drinking.

Most shockingly, when people binge drink, they are often doubling that total of four or five drinks and may be participating in binge drinking a few times a month. In today’s society, this is often socially acceptable.

How Binge Drinking Affects Different Age Groups

Many people would assume that the majority of binge drinkers would be found on college campuses, but this is not the case. Surprisingly, a 2012 CDC report showed that those over the age of 65 who binge drink do so more frequently than any other age group.

What millions of Americans do not realize is how harmful a few extra drinks can be. The older someone gets, the more alcohol he may think he can handle. The farther away someone is from college, the more mature he may think he is. However, drinking, regardless of age, is always a potentially dangerous risk. Weekend activities are often directly related to drinking. Dinners, parties, birthdays and other events are commonly inseparable from alcohol for many people.

How Social Acceptance of Alcohol Affects Binge Drinking

What often presents itself is a social problem in regards to the over-acceptance of alcohol. This is perhaps how binge drinking became a particular problem among college students. When adults use the substance freely and irresponsibly, there is often a trickle-down effect to their children.. While college-aged people may not necessarily be the highest percentage of binge drinkers in the country, the CDC still reported in 2012 that 40 percent of college students binge drink and 25 percent of students point to alcohol as a reason for missing class and poor grades.

In order for there to be a change in this issue, society needs to look at alcohol with more reverence toward its harmful side effects. Hangovers are not the only side effects, although many see them as the only possible ramifications. Death, injury, car crashes and visits to the ER due to alcohol poisoning are some other frequent and harmful effects of binge drinking.

Finding Help for Alcohol Abuse Problems

Binge drinking and alcohol in general should not be taken lightly. If you suspect that you or someone you know might have an alcohol problem, please call our toll-free helpline, where our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer your questions. We can listen to your concerns and provide helpful and friendly advice in a non-judgmental environment. Please call now.