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How to Stop Binge Drinking
Binge drinking is a problem mainly among teens and young adults, but it can affect people of any age. It is a form of alcohol abuse, and technically refers to consuming more then four or five drinks in a short amount of time. College students binge drink when they want to fit in with the crowd and go out to parties and bars and get so wasted that they have a hard time finding their way home. Young adults may binge drink when they go out on weekends to relax and party enough that they don't remember anything by the next morning. Adults may binge drink when they consume large amounts of alcohol to get through a situation with difficult family members.
Dangers of Binge Drinking
Whatever the reason for binge drinking, this type of alcohol abuse can be dangerous and deadly. Any time an individual consumes large amounts of alcohol, they lose control and begin to do things they wouldn't normally do. Alcohol causes loss of inhibition, coordination, and good judgment. Unsafe sex, drunken driving, inappropriate behavior, and breaking the law are all undesirable consequences of binge drinking. Binge drinking is also dangerous because alcohol is toxic to the body, and large doses of it can lead to poisoning and death.
Even with all the dangers of binge drinking, many people still take part in this activity. Drinking to get drunk serves a purpose for binge drinkers, either to make them popular among friends, or to numb pain or anxiety, or to forget about life for a while. There are better ways to accomplish these goals, ways that are much healthier than relying on alcohol.
It requires a certain amount of maturity and determination, but it is possible to put an end to binge drinking. Because binge drinkers are often not addicted to alcohol, but rather drink out of habit, replacing the negative behavior of binge drinking with a positive activity is very effective.
If you are a college student and every time your friends or roommates have a birthday and you feel like going out to the bars to get drunk, think twice before going. Find other ways to celebrate, ones that don't involve alcohol. Go out to eat, go to a movie, take a road trip, or stay in and play games to celebrate your friendship instead.
If you work hard at your job all week and by the time the weekend rolls around you are ready to relax and get wasted, find other ways to unwind. Have a quiet movie night at home, go for a long walk, exercise, or see a show or sporting event in your city to unwind.
If you tend to drink to get drunk when faced with stressful situations, such as a holiday party with difficult relatives, find other ways to manage stress. Eating right, exercising, and taking care of your health are ways to reduce overall stress in your life. When situations arise that will most definitely cause anxiety, limit the time you spend in the situation, or consider avoiding it altogether.
There are many challenges we must face in life, and it is unhealthy to rely on alcohol to help solve our problems of insecurity, loneliness, stress, and anxiety. Find ways to remain emotionally stable and happy on your own, without hiding behind alcohol. If you are still struggling with getting through life without binge drinking, consider getting help. Your doctor or a therapist can help you determine if you need additional help to stop drinking.