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What Counts as Binge Drinking?

What Counts as Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking can turn a fun moment into a deadly and dangerous situation

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, bring drinking is referred to and defined as a pattern of alcohol consumption, which brings an individual’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08%, generally within a two hour time span.

What Constitutes as Binge Drinking?

Although the true definition of binge drinking can be confusing, due to the number of factors which come into play such as the situation, the medications a person may be taking and the amount of food they ate prior to drinking, there are guidelines on what constitutes a binge and some of these examples are included in the following:

  • Men: Typically 5 or more drinks on a single occasion, within two hours
  • Women: Typically 4 or more drinks, within two hours
  • Takes at least five hours of non-drinking for the individual to become sober

Factors that can influence how an individual reacts to alcohol can also affect what is considered a binge. Even factors such as being uncomfortable in an environment can affect how our bodies process the alcohol. Combining medications with alcohol can be extremely dangerous. Binge drinking is classified as having five or more standard drinks in a row for men and four or more, also in a row, for women, even more so if the individual’s goal is to get drunk fast.

How to Spot this Behavior   

Even if you or a loved one does not drink alcohol every day, you could be a binge drinker if you regularly drink:

  • To get drunk
  • To become a weekend warrior
  • To ease social anxiety

If the main reason you drink is to become drunk, chances are you are drinking large quantities of alcohol within a short amount of time, also referred to as binge drinking. If someone does not typically drink through the week, but they find themselves drinking every Friday night and guzzling five or more drinks, that’s a red flag. Many Des Moines residents have a shy friend, co-worker or loved one goes to the bar and before the night is over he is seen dancing and interacting with everyone, this is also a sign that person has already drank an adequate of alcohol to ease their anxiety, ultimately resulting in binge drinking.

Alcohol Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one Des Moines is struggling with an addiction to alcohol, please call our toll-free helpline. Our professional and compassionate counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment available. Stop wishing your life was better and call us to take that first step towards a better life today!