Most young people experiment with alcohol as part of their introduction into adulthood. This experimentation is expected, but more and more young people are delving into binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks in just a few hours, depending on your height and weight. When you drink this much, you not only put yourself and your health at risk, but you’re also going very far into the territory past the legal drinking limit. Binge drinking is common for college students, especially those involved with certain extracurriculars such as fraternities and sororities. You may think that these instances of heavy drinking are normal, but there comes the point when you should consider an alcohol addiction treatment program.
Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach offers high-quality alcohol addiction treatment at affordable rates. Our facilities are conveniently located near beautiful beaches and offer a peaceful respite for you as you work toward sobriety. We are equipped with modern equipment and compassionate staff, and our treatment programs are individualized to each client. If you or a loved one would benefit from our services, don’t wait to reach out. Call us today at (877) 279-1777 or complete our secure online form to learn more.
What are the Dangers of Binge Drinking?
An unfortunate truth in today’s world is that heavy drinking is often normalized or even encouraged by society. In truth, binge drinking carries a host of dangers, and alcohol abuse is one of the world’s most common substance abuse disorders. Binge drinking can be a foothold on the way to alcoholism, but that’s not the only risk factor. The dangers of binge drinking include:
- Poor heart health: Heavy drinking, and binge drinking, in particular, have been linked to many different cardiovascular effects, including heart attack and high blood pressure.
- Driving while intoxicated: Frequent binge drinking can often mean frequent drunk driving. Regular binge drinkers may insist that they are okay to drive, but driving under the influence is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious injury or death for you, a loved one, or even a stranger.
- Accidental injury or death: Someone who has been binge drinking is more likely to hurt themselves in a myriad of different ways, from serious falls to accidental drowning while under the influence.
- Alcohol poisoning: When your alcohol use affects your nervous system, you could be in danger. Alcohol poisoning can lead to a hospital visit or even your death.
The Effects of Alcohol Abuse
When heavy alcohol use becomes commonplace for you and your life, it’s good to seek professional help. The dangers of binge drinking are plentiful, but an alcohol addiction can be even more serious. The long-term effects of alcohol abuse include damage to your heart, liver, stomach, pancreas, and brain.
Psychologically, there are even more negative effects. Someone struggling with alcohol use disorder will feel a loss of control in their life. Without professional intervention, they may continue drinking even when it poses obvious and serious risks to their lives. This is why early intervention can save someone with alcoholism. Getting help when you first begin noticing signs of alcohol abuse or when you realize that you’re binge drinking often could be the difference between life and death.
Discover Addiction Treatment at Oceanfront
At Oceanfront Recovery, we understand that deciding to get help isn’t easy. However, we also know that professional treatment is your best bet at lasting sobriety. We’d love to ease your nerves and answer any questions you may have about our facilities or treatment programs. For more information about how we can help you turn your life around, contact us today by calling (877) 279-1777.