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Holidays Heightens Binge Drinking Risks

Posted in Alcohol Abuse

While the New Year holiday is behind us, this is a time of year that will roll around again. And, as dependable as the calendar can be, so can the alcohol consumption that can accompany holiday events. In a recent Huliq report, the CDC warns that binge drinking can quickly ruin the fun.

This is especially true with the arrival of New Year’s celebrations as party-goers tend to forget that consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time can have significant and negative consequences.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights that individuals put themselves, their family and their community in danger of experiencing a number of harmful health and safety outcomes as a result of binge drinking activities. Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women.

Statistics from the CDC suggest that an over-consumption of alcohol is the cause of death in more than 79,000 situations every year. As a result, this is one of the most preventable causes of death among American consumers. With more than 15 percent of U.S. adults sharing that they participate in binge drinking, a reduction could save a significant number of lives.

The CDC advises that most binge drinkers do not have a problem with alcohol in their normal, everyday lives. Instead, these individuals are seeking to simply “party” or enjoy an evening of festivities. The problem with this approach is that binge drinking increases the chances of motor vehicle crashes, violence against self or others, alcohol poisoning and babies born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.