Binge drinking: the effects
Binge drinking involves drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short space of time, regularly. This action is normally carried out because the person either likes to feel the effects or alcohol, or simply wants to drown their sorrows and blot out life’s problems. Someone is generally classed as being a ‘binger’ when they drink more than double the recommended daily intake of alcohol. For men, they should not drink more than three to four units per day, whilst women should drink no more than two to three.
Some common effects of bingeing are:
- Feeling off-balance- this can led to falling down, or falling over things, due to not having as good spatial awareness as you do when sober
- Death- drinking too much alcohol, by overdosing, can lead to numerous heart problems that can result in death. Overdosing can also result in you being sick whilst asleep, and if you choke on this you can die.
- Mental health problems- drinking too much alcohol can result in you have memory problems, whilst also affecting your mental health the older you get.
- Behavioural problems- being drunk can make you do things you otherwise wouldn’t when sober, such as getting in to fights and being abusive, for example. This can result in all manner of problems, such as injuring yourself and others, whilst also getting into trouble with the Police.
Most common amongst teenagers and young adults, aged between 16 to 24 years old, binge drinking quickly becomes a habit, with the person becoming reliant upon feeling the effects of alcohol. People turn to alcohol for many different reasons, such as feeling lonely, being bored, feeling depressed, being grief-stricken, and simply wanting to get drunk.
Anyone can become a binger, and one of the most well-known celebrity binge drinkers was George Best. Once a football player for Manchester United, he one day turned to alcohol and was to be hooked for the rest of his life. Even after being caught drink driving and undergoing a liver transplant as it was so badly damaged from alcohol, George still couldn’t find the strength to give up alcohol.
Shortly before dying in 2005, at the age of 59 years old, he described alcohol as ‘the only opponent in my life I’ve never, and will never, be able to beat’. No matter the consequences, George just couldn’t recover, and this is the danger of alcohol.