Friday, January 13, 2012
I saw a factoid the other day revealing that 38 million Americans binge drink at least 4 times a month. Wow! I thought it would be high, but 38 million. Binge drinking is defined as a man drinking at least 5 drinks in 2 hours or a women drinking 4 drinks during the same period with both exceeding a blood alcohol level of 0.08%. That's a lot of college students. Actually, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 70% of binge drinkers are over the age of 25. Now for the even scarier part; the health risks associated with binge drinking include: unintentional injuries, intentional injuries, alcohol poisoning, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, liver disease, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, sexual dysfunction and neurological damage, just to name a few. Makes you want to swear off alcohol consumption altogether or, at a minimum, to drink in moderation. Sobering to say the least.