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  • 5 Tips on Finding Friendship in Recovery

    5 Tips on Finding Friendship in Recovery

    Creating meaningful relationships is essential to your sobriety, and it is possible. With these five tips, you can find new, or recover old, friendships while remaining sober.

  • Surviving Alcoholic Detox Symptoms

    Surviving Alcoholic Detox Symptoms

    Going through alcohol detox is one of the most dangerous forms of detox. More people die from alcohol withdrawal than detox from other addicting substances, which is why it is essential for most people to undergo the process under medical supervision.

  • What to Expect in the First Days of Sobriety

    What to Expect in the First Days of Sobriety

    The journey to recovery from addiction is long and difficult but the first 30 days are often the hardest for patients entering rehab. Some of them may have only recently made the decision to quit and some may still be in denial of their addiction.

  • Steven Tyler Admits to being better Drug Addict than Musician

    Steven Tyler Admits to being better Drug Addict than Musician

    As part of the band Aerosmith, singer and songwriter Steven Tyler is a deeply esteemed and admired rock musician, calling the Demon of Screamin' for his loud, powerful voice and expansive vocal range. However, he was also given another nickname, along with his bandmate Joe Perry who were known as The Toxic Twins for taking extremely high levels of stimulants, cocaine, and heroin.

  • What does MicroRNA have to do with Becoming Alcoholic?

    What does MicroRNA have to do with Becoming Alcoholic?

    Alcohol use is extremely prevalent part of most parts of American society. According to a 2012 survey by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 87.6 percent of people aged 18 or older have consumed alcohol in their lifetime.

  • Is Taking Medication As Prescribed Relapsing?

    Is Taking Medication As Prescribed Relapsing?

    Prescription medication is a hot topic in recovery. Many recovering addicts stay away from all types of medication, using natural alternatives such as herbal remedies when they become sick or have some other condition.

  • Pennsylvania Sets Up Prescription Database to Thwart Drug Abuse

    Pennsylvania Sets Up Prescription Database to Thwart Drug Abuse

    A law recently passed in Pennsylvania by Governor Tom Corbett will give physicians in the state access to a statewide controlled substances database targeting prescription drugs which have become an epidemic in the state. This law is part of an effort to cut down on the level of abuse and misuse of prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety medications in Pennsylvania and will help prevent rising numbers of addiction.

  • Darryl Strawberry talks about his Recovery from Drug Addiction

    Darryl Strawberry talks about his Recovery from Drug Addiction

    Drafted to a major league team almost immediately out of high school, Darryl Strawberry has enjoyed an extremely illustrious and noteworthy career as a baseball player. Unfortunately, like many professional athletes and other people who are extremely high achieving in their chosen field, an amazing amount of success did not protect him from the ravages of substance abuse and drug addiction.

  • 10 Things You Didn't Know Where Possible Before Recovery

    10 Things You Didn't Know Where Possible Before Recovery

    Many addicts do not believe they are strong enough to overcome their addiction, and so they never actually seek out professional treatment. For many, they remain in denial that they even have a problem, and continue to engage in destructive behavior.

  • Barber Institute of Fine Arts Helping Recovering Addicts

    Barber Institute of Fine Arts Helping Recovering Addicts

    A British university is working to support recovering addicts in the world of art by offering them art lessons and a chance to show their work in a gallery among many great painters. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham in England has works by Rembrandt, Renoir, Rousseau, Monet Picasso and countless other famous artists.

  • 10 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Are Looking For Recovery

    10 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Are Looking For Recovery

    Before you enter a recovery program, you should ask yourself these ten questions to help you find the right treatment program for your unique situation. This will facilitate your research into addiction treatment facilities for a better recovery and reduce your risk relapse.

  • Innovator of Drug Treatment Msgr. William O’Brien Passes Away

    Innovator of Drug Treatment Msgr. William O’Brien Passes Away

    William O'Brien, who helped to create one of the first and most successful residential drug and alcohol treatment centers in the U.S., passed away on October 18th in Scarsdale N.Y. at the age of 90. The loss of O'Brien was announced by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York because of his work as a Catholic priest and Monsignor as well as his innovation and passionate contributions to those in need.

  • Former St. Kilda President Rod Butterss Talks Alcoholism and Recovery

    Former St. Kilda President Rod Butterss Talks Alcoholism and Recovery

    Rod Butterss is beginning to open up about his past struggles with alcohol and the inner turmoil he experienced even during his tenure as president of St. Kilda Football Club in Australia. He had suffered from alcohol abuse for a decade until he found the strength in 2009 to enter into recovery from alcoholism.

  • Xanax’s Effect on the Brain

    Xanax’s Effect on the Brain

    Medications like Xanax may be helpful in alleviating symptoms of anxiety but evidence shows that long term use of the drug can lead to addiction and also be harmful to the brain. The drug's damaging effect on the brain can lead to problems like mental and behavioral abnormalities like dementia.

  • Ex-Soldier Fighting Drug Addiction in Second Term of Service

    Ex-Soldier Fighting Drug Addiction in Second Term of Service

    Former soldier Frank L. Greenagel Jr. has been out of service for 10 years teaching high school English, being involved in his own counseling center for drug abuse, running a task force to combat youth heroin use as well as a recovery house at Rutgers University. He has been involved in fighting drug abuse among the young people in New Jersey through his speaking engagements meetings for six different associations.

  • Does Drinking Alone Make You An Alcoholic?

    Does Drinking Alone Make You An Alcoholic?

    Some people prefer to drink when they are socializing with friends or are out at a party while others might enjoy the relaxation of a few drinks at home alone. Drinking by yourself does not always mean you have an alcohol problem but it is considered one of the most common signs and symptoms of a developing dependency.

  • What the Bump to Schedule II means for Hydrocodone

    What the Bump to Schedule II means for Hydrocodone

    In a recent final ruling the DEA chose to move hydrocodone combination products from schedule III to schedule II. Hydrocodone products are a type of narcotic painkiller that is commonly prescribed to patients recovering from surgery or experiencing chronic pain.

  • Understanding Delirium Tremens and What Your Body is Saying

    Understanding Delirium Tremens and What Your Body is Saying

    Withdrawal from an alcohol addiction can involve a number of painful and uncomfortable symptoms that occur throughout the process of detox. One of the most severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal is delirium tremens and it tends to be a problem for the heaviest drinkers who are attempting to quit cold turkey.

  • How to Get the Most Out Of Your Recovery from Addiction

    How to Get the Most Out Of Your Recovery from Addiction

    Spending time at a rehab facility can be costly and takes a great deal of time out of your work schedule so there is no reason to throw away the experience. Rehab is an opportunity that you may not have the means to do again in many cases so it is important to invest all your energy and effort into recovery.

  • Why Massachusetts Rate Of Drug Addicted Babies Has Exploded

    Why Massachusetts Rate Of Drug Addicted Babies Has Exploded

    A recent study has found that Massachusetts has three times than the nationwide rate of babies born with opiates in their systems. The numbers, based on the hospital diagnosis data that is reported to the federal government, show that in 2013, 1,300 Massachusetts babies (or about 17.5 per 1000 births) were born having narcotics in their system.

  • Elizabeth Pena’s Death Linked to Alcoholism

    Elizabeth Pena’s Death Linked to Alcoholism

    The life-long acting career of Elizabeth Pena ended abruptly on October 14th in Los Angeles as passed away at only age 55. The actress' death shocked her family, fans and other Hollywood stars that were close to her.

  • A Breakdown of the Types of Addiction Treatment

    A Breakdown of the Types of Addiction Treatment

    While people suffering from addiction can experience similar symptoms, people may need different kinds of treatment depending on their circumstances and what works best with their lifestyle. Some addicts may have special needs that would require a certain type of treatment center or length of treatment.

  • The Struggle of Staying Sober with Chronic Pain

    The Struggle of Staying Sober with Chronic Pain

    Painkillers like prescription opiates such as vicodin and oxycontin are among the most dangerous and addictive drugs in the county. Addiction to opiates is steadily rising, and communities everywhere are struggling to find a solution to what has been referred to by many addiction health experts as nothing short of an epidemic.

  • Put a Stop to the Re-Direction of Obsession in Recovery

    Put a Stop to the Re-Direction of Obsession in Recovery

    For someone suffering from an addiction, refraining from their drug of choice may be one of the most difficult things they ever try to accomplish. Maintaining their self-control and not engaging in indulgent behavior with a particular drug may be so stressful and straining that they begin to obsess over something else.

  • 5 Experiences that Happen in Early Sobriety

    5 Experiences that Happen in Early Sobriety

    Early sobriety is a time of major chafe and transformation. Most recovering addicts find that everything they have ever thought or believed comes into question when they are first sober and able to see with some clarity for the first time in what may be a while.

  • Self Love Is Part of the Recovery Process

    Self Love Is Part of the Recovery Process

    Recovery is a time of major reflection and growth for a recovering addict. When a person is using drugs and alcohol, they often face problems like low self-esteem and low self worth.

  • Realities Of Mixing Prescriptions With Other Substances

    Realities Of Mixing Prescriptions With Other Substances

    When you are prescribed various medications, you will be given an information sheet detailing the potential risks and side effects, as well as substances to avoid. Even consuming some herbal supplements, over the counter medication, or small quantities of alcohol while taking certain medications can cause significant health problems, including death.

  • Alcoholic Drinking Realities and Mythologies Revealed

    Alcoholic Drinking Realities and Mythologies Revealed

    Alcoholism is one of the most well-known types of drug addictions in the U.S. with an estimated 17 million people drinking excessively on a regular basis. As common as alcohol abuse seems, there are still many misconceptions about alcohol and drinking addictions.

  • 5 Tips For A Healthy Relationship in Recovery

    5 Tips For A Healthy Relationship in Recovery

    It has often been said that relationships are work, and, as anyone who has begun the process of recovery knows, so is getting sober. Overcoming the challenges presented by sobriety and by the life long process that is recovery requires dedication and compassion toward one's self.

  • 10 Things People in Recovery Deal with At Parties

    10 Things People in Recovery Deal with At Parties

    In American culture, drinking alcohol is considered the norm especially at celebrations and social gatherings. For someone in recovery who is using all of their willpower not to take a drink, going to a party can mean they are bombarded with potential triggers.

  • The Importance of Outside Help for those with Co-Occurring Disorders

    The Importance of Outside Help for those with Co-Occurring Disorders

    A co-occurring disorder is defined as the existence of a substance abuse disorder and a mental health issue taking place at the same time, the two intensifying each other. Several surveys and studies have shown this is a very common condition. A 1990 study lead by R.J.

  • 5 ways Vivitrol helps break Opioid Addiction

    5 ways Vivitrol helps break Opioid Addiction

    Recovery from opioid addiction can often be a difficult process involving a painful withdraw process. Psychological and physical addictions often combine to create powerful cravings that can be extremely difficult to overcome.

Binge Drinking

Binge drinking = 5 or more drinks in one sitting for a man and 4 or more drinks in one sitting for a woman.

Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of 5 or more alcoholic beverages at one time, for an adult male, and 4 or more for an adult female, at least once during the preceding two-week period. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) adds that binge drinking includes a person reaching a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher, which usually occurs when four or five drinks are consumed within two hours.

The NIAAA reports that one in every six adults in the United States binge drinks around four times every month, consuming an average of eight drinks per binge.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report the following statistics on binge drinking:

  1. Of all adults in the U.S. who drink excessively, approximately 92% have engaged in binge drinking within the last 30 days.
  2. Over 50% of all alcohol consumption in the U.S. is done in a binge drinking manner.
  3. Men report binge drinking twice as often as women.
  4. Binge drinkers admit to alcohol-impaired or drunk driving 14 times more than those who do not binge drink.
  5. Even though binge drinking is most common in the 18-34 age bracket (binge drinking four times each month), those who are 65 and older actually binge drink more often, estimated at five or six times each month.
  6. Income affects binge drinking rates: In households making at least $75,000, binge drinking is much more prevalent than in households earning a lower income.
  7. While binge drinking is most often associated with college students, 70% of all binge episodes actually occur among people aged 26 years and older.
  8. 67% of male sexual aggressors, and 50% of their victims, had been drinking at the time of the attack and sexual assault.

Alcohol is a dangerous drug, the effects of which are greatly overlooked. Drinking to the point of intoxication, binge drinking, and reaching the 0.08 BAC limit are exposing a person to great physical damage, disturbances in mental health, financial despair, strained relationships, loss of work, failure in school or other professional attempts, and legal ramifications.

Binge drinking as a pattern of alcohol consumption will progress to these dangerous levels when changes are not made.

Race is a factor in how often someone binge drinks. Whether the influence is based on genetics or on cultural norms, race does play a part in binge drinking habits.  

Members of the Caucasian (white, non-Hispanic) race have the most incidences of binge drinking at 43.8%, followed by members of the Native American race at 40.6%, those who are any part Hispanic at 31.3%, people who are any part Asian at 22.7%, and members of the African-American, or black, race at 22.5%.

Another factor is age. People under the age of 21 report a higher amount of binge drinking than those older than 21. Young people who consume large quantities of alcohol often face serious consequences related to their binge drinking behaviors. Increased involvement in property damage, problems with law enforcement, poor performance in or absence from school or at work, incidents of physical injury, cases of sexual assault, engaging in risky sexual activity, and contracting a sexually transmitted disease are all likely when binge drinking. 

Additional factors associated with binge drinking include: heredity, perception of peer alcohol consumption, personal perception of drinking, history of binge drinking, social affiliations, and peer alcohol usage. These factors contribute to the likelihood of heavy alcohol abuse.

For more information on binge drinking, or to find help for yourself or for someone you love, contact Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731. Information, resources, and referrals are available for every level of alcohol use.

College Binge Drinking

90% of all underage drinking is done in binge drinking patterns.

On several college campuses, 70% of all students engage in binge drinking behaviors. Nationwide, 40% of male college students, and 31% of female college students, report binge drinking within the 2 weeks prior to being surveyed. Additionally, about 90% of all alcohol consumption by anyone under the legal drinking age of 21 is done so in a binge drinking fashion.

Binge drinking contributes to 1,400 deaths, 500,000 injuries, and 70,000 incidents of unwilling sexual assault annually on college campuses throughout the United States.

Binge drinking is disconcerting, not only for the potential harm to the drinker, but also for the potential harm to other people. Deadly car crashes, late night interruptions, physical and sexual assaults, and emotional abuse are just some of the ways a person who has been consuming large amounts of alcohol can affect others.

Binge drinking is even more prevalent among members of the Greek system and among student athletes than any other group of college students.

The College Alcohol Survey (CSA) of the School of Public Health studied college binge drinking and used a few different criteria to determine abuse of alcohol among college students and the formation of dependence upon alcohol while enrolled in college.

Examples of criteria used to determine alcohol abuse:

  1. Experiencing hazardous situations (physical, emotional, mental)
  2. Alcohol related school problems
  3. Interpersonal problems
  4. Legal problems
  5. Continuing to binge drink after a consequence has occurred

Examples of criteria used to determine dependence on alcohol:

  1. Spending excessive time engaged in drinking related activities
  2. Uncontrollable drinking (consuming more than planned or desired)
  3. Symptoms of high tolerance (needing more alcohol to feel the same effects)
  4. Symptoms of withdrawal when drinking stops

Because the college age bracket often think of themselves as too young to have a problem with alcohol, college students who binge drink rarely seek treatment for their dependence on or abuse of alcohol. This erroneous mentality contributes to the high rates of death, assault, and injury directly related to binge drinking on college campuses each year.

Treatment, counseling, and support groups, including involvement in a 12 Step Program, are extremely beneficial to a drinker who regularly binge drinks. In some cases, a college student need an intervention, at which point his or her family steps in to encourage abstinence and formal treatment for alcohol abuse. 

If you or someone you love is binge drinking in college, intervening before alcohol abuse progresses to addiction can be the difference between a life-long battle with alcohol and steps taken now to stop that progression.

To find out more, call Recovery Now TV today at 800-281-4731. Stop binge drinking from ruining your life, or the life of someone you love. Call today!

Alcohol & The Human Body

Approximately 30% of all hospital admissions are for the direct or indirect result of alcohol consumption.

A 23-year-old college peer counselor offers his perspective on binge drinking:

It’s no mystery why guys in college fraternities, many of whom don’t have all that much money, still come up with plenty of money to have outrageous amounts of alcohol and let any woman in for free. The whole point is they’re setting up an environment whereby people are going to get more drunk. Women’s inhibitions and a guy’s inhibitions are going to get lowered.

The desire to get drunk and to lower inhibitions does not seem like a problem: “it’s what all college kids do.” The truth is, college students do not understand what alcohol is actually doing to their bodies and brains when consumed in excess.

Alcohol is essentially a poison to the human body and brain. When alcohol enters the body, an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase is produced to counteract the harmful substance. The body starts working immediately to break down alcohol before it can reach the bloodstream.

The alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme is used to turn alcohol into acetaldehyde, which is toxic to the digestive system, and most importantly, to the the liver. From there, the use of the acetaldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme breaks acetaldehyde down into acetic acid, which can then be oxidized into carbon dioxide and into water.

When alcohol is consumed in a binge drinking manner, the body does not have time to break down enough of the alcohol to prevent dangerous intoxication. A binge drinker’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) can reach such high levels that blackouts (periods where nothing is remembered even though the person is conscious), alcohol poisoning, and overdose death have no choice but to occur. The body and the brain do not know another way to handle this much alcohol in its system.

The CDC reports that binge drinking creates the following physical risks:

  1. Unintentional injuries (e.g., car crashes, falls, burns, drowning)
  2. Intentional injuries (e.g., firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence)
  3. Alcohol poisoning
  4. Sexually transmitted diseases
  5. Unintended pregnancy
  6. Children born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  7. High blood pressure, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases
  8. Liver disease
  9. Neurological damage
  10. Sexual dysfunction
  11. Poor control of diabetes
When binge drinking is causing any physical or life-altering consequences, a problem exists. For more information on how you can intervene in the progression to alcoholism, call Recovery Now TV today at 800-281-4731.

Alcohol Use, Abuse, & Addiction

80% of all alcohol is consumed by 20% of people who drink.
With alcohol I was out of control because I would drink to the point where I didn’t know what I was doing, which made it easier for the man to do whatever he wanted and my not realizing it until the next day or the next morning when I woke up and didn’t have any recollection of what happened.

Sadly, this girl’s story is all too common among college students who engage in binge drinking. Thousands of college girls end up in unwanted sexual situations that lead to emotional damage, unplanned pregnancies, and unknown sexually transmitted diseases (STD).

For men, what seems like consensual sex may not actually be a fully-conscious partner. Contracting an STD, getting a girl pregnant, or being accused of rape serve as very real consequences, equally as detrimental to his future as those of a female binge drinker.

When binge drinking continues, even after an adverse life consequence has occurred because of the person’s drinking, alcohol use has reached the point of abuse.

A 15-year-old high school dropout, engaged in alcohol abuse, continued to drink after a life consequence:

I always got Bs and then my grades dropped down to Ds, and then I started failing my classes, and I skipped school, and I got suspended all the time for that when I got caught. I’d skip school and I’d go get drunk, or we’d just skip it because we were always drunk.

When alcohol abuse continues, despite even greater life consequences, plus a loss of control over drinking, an obsession with drinking, a denial of any problem with alcohol, and any effort to stop drinking ending in a binge occurs, abuse has progressed to addiction.

10% to 12% of the total 140 million drinkers in the United States have reached the point of alcoholism. This means that 14 to 17 million people are currently addicted to alcohol.

Alcoholism is an addiction to alcohol. Although legal, alcohol is no less addicting or damaging than illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, and prescription painkillers. Life consequences are just as likely, and long-term damage is equally inevitable.

An indication of addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms when drinking stops.

A 32-year-old recovering female alcoholic shares her experience with alcohol withdrawal:

Your body is going through so many changes, you can hardly breathe; you’re shaking. A hangover, yeah, you might be sick for a couple of hours. That’s different than withdrawals; but with withdrawals, it will kill you.

Generally, within 24 hours of cessation from alcohol, the following symptoms occur:

  1. Rapid pulse
  2. Sweating
  3. Increased body temperature
  4. Hand tremors
  5. Anxiety
  6. Depression
  7. Insomnia
  8. Nausea or vomiting
  9. Tachycardia (irregular heartbeat)
  10. Transient visual, tactile, or auditory hallucinations and illusions
  11. Psychomotor agitation
  12. Grand mal seizures
  13. Delirium tremens

When a binge drinker experiences any of these symptoms, withdrawal cannot be done safely without medical attention. Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal and must take place in a formal detoxification treatment center where professional staff continuously monitor each client’s progress.

Binge drinking will progress to abuse and addiction when not properly stopped and treated. For referrals to alcohol detox and formal treatment facilities, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731. The team is ready to help!

How Alcoholism Can Begin

Up to 86% of all college binge drinkers started these patterns in high school.
I was a city kid and was pretty much a standard rite of passage when you’re 12, 13, or 14 to, you know, one way or another get your hands on a six-pack for a Saturday night - and that’s how drinking started for all of us in my neighborhood.

- The story of a 22-year-old recovering alcoholic.

The Monitoring the Future Study, conducted by the University of Michigan, with funding with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), found that 6.2% of all eighth graders, in the United States, had been drunk within the last 30 days. 18.8% of high school tenth graders, and 30% of all twelfth graders, also reported being drunk at least once in the last month. The percentages for daily alcohol use were much lower (0.5% of 8th graders, 1.3% of 10th graders, and 3.1% of 12th graders), revealing that high school students engage in binge drinking behaviors.

During the adolescent and early teenage years, the most emotional growth is occurring. When alcohol is used or abused during these formative years, emotional growth is then stunted, and various aspects of body and brain chemistry are impaired.

Since 44% of all college students admit to binge drinking at least once in a two-week time period, and drinking is starting in high school, the need for education and true prevention is vital to keep the youngest members of our society from destroying their lives and their health.

Binge drinking in college seems to have reached a place of social acceptance. “It’s what college students do,” but why?

One college junior shares the aspect of peer pressure contributing to binge drinking:

We drank quite a bit in my dorm, and, generally, when someone came into my dorm room on a weekend night, you had to take a bong - a beer bong. And we’d have the funnel that held like two and a half beers, and it was just the rule. We kinda pressured people to keep up, like you had to stay with the crowd.

Shauna Quinn, a drug and alcohol counselor at California State University, shares her take on college binge drinking:

Often it’s the style of drinking, not experimentation, that gets college students in trouble. Many think the name of the game is to get drunk. They drink too fast, they drink without eating, they play drinking games or contests; they binge drink. But because they drink heavily only once or twice a week, they think that there is no problem. But there usually is a problem: lower grades, disciplinary action, or behavior they regret, which usually means sexual behavior.

Binge drinking among college students is a major problem and needs to be addressed on a macro level. Several college campuses have taken the “dry” approach, where zero alcohol is permitted on campus grounds. The problem, though, is that bars and clubs are available just a block away from campus lines.

If you, or someone you love, is engaged in binge drinking, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 to find out what approach is best to stop the progression of binge drinking to life-threatening alcoholism.