Statistics show that as many as one in four adults in the UK can be classified as a binge drinker. The British are traditionally fond of a drink and are one of Europe’s biggest alcohol consumers. But does the UK suffer with alcohol abuse?
What is binge drinking?
Binge drinking is defined by the NHS as “drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time or drinking to get drunk or feel the effects of alcohol.” The amount of alcohol consumed in a session for it to be classified as binge drinking is less clearly marked but the scale used by the NHS along with the National office of statistics is consuming more than double the amount of the daily guidelines of unit intake recommended by the government.
Official advice from the government advises that people should not drink more than the daily unit guide of between 3 to 4 alcohol units for men (which is about a pint and a half of standard strength lager) and no more than 2 to 3 units of alcohol daily for a woman (the equivalent to hundred and 75 mil standard glass of wine.) If someone is drinking more than the recommended guidelines regularly it may mean that they have a problem with alcohol.
The units of alcohol may not seem great but drinking large amounts in short spaces of time can be much worse for your health than frequently drinking small amounts. The effects of drink can affect both physical and mental health as the effects of alcohol can be detrimental to all of the body’s major systems. Binge drinking is known to increase the chances of certain cancers, degenerative liver conditions and diseases that can affect the whole body. Drinking large amounts in short periods of time also increases the risk of acute alcohol poisoning which can result in death.
Binge drinking is more likely to result in behaviour that is unacceptable or even legal. A problem drinker may struggle to finance the alcohol addiction and we turn to crime to pay for it. Whilst drunk they are more likely to make errors of judgement. Drink-driving, violence offences and disorder violations are often associated with binge drinking. The implications of a criminal record (never mind the threat of a fine community service, or prison,) can have consequences all across the province drinker’s life and can cause them to lose their job or her future employment options drastically reduced. Criminal record checks are becoming increasingly part of the employment process for many companies. Criminal record checks are always needed in the care profession and often in financial professions.
Binge drinking can become a habit that leads into a much worse addiction. If you are someone you know has a problem with alcohol then you should seek help immediately. Rehabilitation is available to all. There are different solutions from self-help group’s two private rehabilitation centres that can help someone give up binge drinking for good. Binge drinking is one of the most harmful types of drinking there is and is a very real threat in modern life.
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