Binge Drinking and Responsible Awareness

Binge Drinking and
Responsible Awareness

Know the Facts

What is binge drinking?

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking is defined as a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08 percent or more. It is the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time.

What is considered moderate alcohol consumption?

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, United States Department of Health and Human Services and United States Department of Agriculture, moderate drinking is up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men.

What is considered a “drink”?

A drink is defined as 12 ounces of a 5 percent alcohol by volume beer; 4 ounces of 13 percent wine; or 1.5 ounces of 40 percent distilled spirit.

Is binge drinking different for men and women?

Yes, binge drinking for women is consuming 4 or more drinks on one occasion and binge drinking for men is consuming 5 or more drinks on one occasion.

What health problems are associated with binge drinking?

  • Unintentional injuries (e.g., car crashes, falls, burns, drowning)
  • Intentional injuries (e.g., firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence, suicide)
  • Alcohol poisoning, a medical emergency that results from high blood alcohol levels that can shut down critical areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate and body temperature, resulting in death.
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Unintended pregnancy
  • Children born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  • High blood pressure, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Neurological damage
  • Poor control of diabetes

What are some statistics of binge drinking?

  • 24 percent of binge drinkers reported being a passenger in a car with a driver under the influence of alcohol.
  • 33 percent of binge drinkers reported they “blacked out” or forgot what they did.
  • 31 percent of binge drinkers reported having unprotected sex.
  • 15 percent of binge drinkers physically injure themselves.
  • 24 percent of binge drinkers get rides from drunk drivers.
  • 32 percent report doing something they regretted.