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  • Approaching a Person in Active Alcoholism

    Approaching a Person in Active Alcoholism

    When someone close to you is suffering from an addiction, it is never easy to confront them about their behavior and ask them to seek help. For family members and close friends, seeing someone in their life struggle with alcoholism is painful but they may not know what to do to stop it.

  • Does a Drug Taper Off Help before Detox?

    Does a Drug Taper Off Help before Detox?

    When an addict is ready to stop using drugs, one of the first things they must do is to detox. During detox, an addict, under the support of a medical staff, completely stops using and allows the dangerous drugs to leave their system. 

  • Dealing with Spousal Alcoholism and Addiction

    Dealing with Spousal Alcoholism and Addiction

    People struggling with addiction are not only harming their own bodies and minds, but they are also hurt the people around them and their relationships. Marriage is one relationship that can be especially strained through the pain of addiction, turning a happy home into a nightmare.

  • How to Stay Sober at Music Festivals

    How to Stay Sober at Music Festivals

    Music festivals can be very joyous and fun occasions, providing the opportunity to hear favorite bands and experience community in a new, exciting atmosphere. However, often these festivals are not only about the music itself, but also places for high levels of alcohol and drug use.

  • 5 Tools to Help Keep You Sober

    5 Tools to Help Keep You Sober

    Even after long periods of abstaining from our addictions, staying sober can be a challenge, and there may be periods where it feels like a difficult struggle. However, the truth is that it does not have to be a daily hardship, or feel like more then you can bear.

  • Prevent Substance Abuse by Understanding Drug Slang

    Prevent Substance Abuse by Understanding Drug Slang

    The central way to prevent drug abuse is with responsible education. By cultivating an awareness of what drugs are and the harm they can cause, you can work to prevent what may at first seem like harmless experimentation, but will lead to dangerous, compulsive addiction.

  • Surgery and Pain Medication Use in Recovery

    Surgery and Pain Medication Use in Recovery

    Opioid pain relievers have a very high potential for abuse, and can be very dangerous if taken beyond recommended doses, or for purposes other then their intended use. However, they can also be extremely useful in controlling otherwise unbearable pain, and allowing someone with chronic pain or recovering from extensive surgery to function

  • Painkiller Opana Quickly Rising In Use Around The Nation

    Painkiller Opana Quickly Rising In Use Around The Nation

    Prescription drug use has, for the past several years, been the nation's fastest growing and most dangerous drug epidemic. As deaths and hospitalizations continue to be on the rise in almost every state, legislatures and hospitals are working together to try to find ways to reduce the number of addictions and overdoses due to these dangerous drugs.

  • 5 Tips on Rebuilding Self-Esteem in Recovery

    5 Tips on Rebuilding Self-Esteem in Recovery

    Recovering from an addiction is a long emotional journey that can require a lot of personal growth to get back on track. Addicts most often suffer from issues of low self-esteem because their substance abuse has taken its toll on them psychologically.

  •  Let Your Actions In Sobriety Speak For Themselves

    Let Your Actions In Sobriety Speak For Themselves

    For a recovering addict, becoming sober means finding a whole new outlook on life and behaving completely differently than one did while they were struggling with addiction. This is why sobriety is a lifelong journey and not simply a quick fix.

  • Do Dry Drunks Suffer More In or Out of Recovery

    Do Dry Drunks Suffer More In or Out of Recovery

    There are numerous different aspects of recovering from an addiction and quitting the substance abuse itself is only the first step. Some people in recovery might focus solely on their abstinence but fail to make progress in other areas of their life that also contribute to their disease.

  • Is There Such A Thing As A 'Recovered Alcoholic'?

    Is There Such A Thing As A 'Recovered Alcoholic'?

    In the recovery community, it is very common to refer to a person who is sober as "recovering," regardless of how long they have been sober for. Some people, both in the recovery community and outside of it, may wonder whether this is an appropriate term, since it may seem in the instance of a person who has not had alcohol for a very long time that they are no longer recovering but recovered. 

    This has led many people to pose the question of whether there exists a person who is actually a recovered alcoholic.

     

  • Why Emotional Sobriety Plays Such A Large Role In Recovery

    Why Emotional Sobriety Plays Such A Large Role In Recovery

    Getting healthy and sober means truly changing the way in which you think and behave. Of course, one of the biggest components to sobriety is abstaining from controlled substances, but it is also highly important that a recovering addict work to achieve what is called emotional sobriety. Maintaining emotional sobriety is an integral part of being healthy and drug and alcohol free. Here are a few reasons why emotional sobriety is such an important part of recovery.

  • Parental Influence On Alcohol Use And Abuse In The Household

    Parental Influence On Alcohol Use And Abuse In The Household

    There are many factors that may impact the likelihood that a teen will suffer from alcoholism. Environmental factors, such as the company a child keeps at school, as well as genetic factors, such as how predisposed the child is to alcoholism, will all play a large role in determining whether a teen will become addicted to alcohol.

  • Gene Found that Could Increase Risk of Alcoholism

    Gene Found that Could Increase Risk of Alcoholism

    Researchers have long known there was a link between genetics and alcoholism, but the exact genes involved are still being discovered. A recent study, published in Psychiatric Genetics and undertaken by researchers at the University College London in the U.K., has found a rare gene variant that could increase the risk of a person developing alcoholism, as well as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

  • Simultaneously Dealing with Addiction and Depression

    Simultaneously Dealing with Addiction and Depression

    Because of the way that addiction and mental health problems are closely related, it is very common for patients in rehab to require treatment for both substance abuse and issues of depression. When you are focusing on recovery it can be difficult to simultaneously battle symptoms of depression which often contribute to the cycle of abuse.

  • How To Mend Irreparable Relationships In Recovery

    How To Mend Irreparable Relationships In Recovery

    Addiction is a damaging disease that impacts the life of an addict and every person around them in a very severe way. When a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, their brain's reward center becomes so singularly focused on finding and consuming more drugs and alcohol that all of the important relationships in their life become secondary.

  • Alcoholic Neuropathy's Impact On The Body

    Alcoholic Neuropathy's Impact On The Body

    Alcohol abuse and addiction contribute to many health problems, including alcoholic neuropathy. More than half of heavy drinkers develop neuropathy, and those with the highest risk are alcoholics who have been abusing the substance for more than ten years.

  • 5 of the Best Affirmations for Alcoholics

    5 of the Best Affirmations for Alcoholics

    Affirmations play an important role in recovery from alcohol abuse and addiction. The brain is the most powerful tool a person has in recovery, and using supportive, positive affirmations can help a person to find the strength to overcome his or her problem.

  • What a Dry Alcoholic Looks Like

    What a Dry Alcoholic Looks Like

    Recovery from alcoholism can be difficult, but most people find a new lease on life when they enter recovery. However, many alcoholics face a common problem known as dry drunk syndrome.

  • 7 Things That Need To Change In Sobriety

    7 Things That Need To Change In Sobriety

    Making the decision to get sober is, in effect, making the decision to totally transform your entire way of life and way of thinking. In sobriety, you will undergo a total change that involves you ridding yourself of the behaviors and negative thoughts that have, until this point, been preventing you from living a happy and healthy life.

  • How to Handle Sleep Problems in Recovery

    How to Handle Sleep Problems in Recovery

    The first few months of recovering from an addiction can involve a number of difficult withdrawal symptoms as well as physical and emotional problems to overcome. One of the most common complaints among recovering addicts is difficulty sleeping especially in the first few weeks of abstinence.

  • Why an Alcoholic Needs To Be Held Accountable

    Why an Alcoholic Needs To Be Held Accountable

    After an alcoholic finally reaches out for help and enters rehab treatment for their problem, there are a number of important values and skills that they must focus on to remain sober. One of the most crucial aspects of their journey to recovery is to develop accountability not just to their supervisors in treatment but to everyone in their life.

  • What Is Responsible For the Rise of Binge Drinking?

    What Is Responsible For the Rise of Binge Drinking?

    In the past decade, the instances of binge drinking among Americans has risen significantly especially with those who are college students between the ages of 18 and 20. Recent data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism shows that while the incidence of regular drinking has remained stable over the years, there has been a sharp increase in the incidence of binge drinking.

  • Understanding The Stigma Of Relationships In Sobriety

    Understanding The Stigma Of Relationships In Sobriety

    When it comes to relationships while in sobriety, most therapists and counselors recommend that newly recovered addicts abstain from becoming involved in a romantic relationship for at least the first year of sobriety. Because of this, there is a kind of stigma around relationships that exists within the recovery community.

  • 5 Actions to Take When Dealing with a Relapse

    5 Actions to Take When Dealing with a Relapse

    Addiction is a complex issue that can take years to resolve even with the help of professional treatment. Unfortunately, the chance of relapse is high especially in the first few months after completing rehab.

  • Why Escapism is So Attractive to Addicts

    Why Escapism is So Attractive to Addicts

    There are a myriad of factors that can contribute to the development of addiction and some of them are unavoidable such as genetic and psychological vulnerability. However, one of the reasons people begin to drink or use drugs is that their substance abuse serves as a method of escape from reality.

  • Is There Such A Thing As 'Managing Your Drug Use' As An Addict?

    Is There Such A Thing As 'Managing Your Drug Use' As An Addict?

    Addiction is a complex problem of physical and psychological dependence that seems to affect only certain individuals who are vulnerable. For many people who are not vulnerable to addiction, it is possible for them to have minimal contact with drugs or alcohol without losing control and being unable to stop.

  • The Risks of Prescription Treatment for Drug Addiction

    The Risks of Prescription Treatment for Drug Addiction

    Traditional methods of treating alcohol or drug addiction usually take place in recovery programs that focus on psychosocial treatment. Addiction treatment has evolved over time and the most common approaches involve detoxification and abstinence, individual and group counseling and, in many cases, a twelve step or other form of support group.

  • A True Definition of Relapse

    A True Definition of Relapse

    Addiction is a disease that stays with a person for life and is never fully cured but only managed as best as possible. That is why relapse is such a common issue that addicts have to be aware of at all times when they are getting through the initial phases of recovery.

  • Is Mixing Methadone With Other Substances Recovery Russian Roulette?

    Is Mixing Methadone With Other Substances Recovery Russian Roulette?

    One of the available treatments for people suffering from opoid addiction is the use of methadone, a prescription medication that has been in use since the 60s. Using methadone as a means to recover from heroin or painkiller addiction remains a controversial subject because of the many risks involved in using medication as a replacement drug.

  • The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction

    The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction

    Post traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction have a high rate of comorbitity, which means occurring at the same time. In Vietnam veterans, between 60 to 80 percent of those seeking treatment for PTSD also meet the criteria for substance abuse. In the general population, around 30 percent of PTSD sufferers develop drug dependence, and 50 percent develop alcohol dependence.

  • Why Teen Culture Is Driven By Drug Use

    Why Teen Culture Is Driven By Drug Use

    Teenagers have long had a reputation of using and abusing drugs. Certain elements of youth culture seem to be driven by drug use. However, the relationship is actually more cyclical, where teen culture both drives and is driven by drug use.

  • Mutated Worm Fights Alcohol Intoxication

    Mutated Worm Fights Alcohol Intoxication

    New research has discovered a certain mutated species of worm that could prove instrumental in the fight against alcoholism. Scientists at the University of Texas in Austin have discovered that by inserting a "modified human alcohol target" into the worm they are able to make it immune to the intoxicating effects of alcohol.

  • Shia LeBeouf Reaches Out For Help with Alcoholism

    Shia LeBeouf Reaches Out For Help with Alcoholism

    The star of the popular film "Transformers", Shia LeBeouf has admitted that he is receiving treatment for alcohol abuse although he has not yet entered a rehab facility. In spite of false reports stating that the actor entered rehabilitation, LeBeouf's representatives have stated that he is receiving treatment for alcohol abuse but not through an inpatient treatment center.

  • Naloxone Hydrochloride Approved: Relieves Pain And Is Harder To Abuse

    Naloxone Hydrochloride Approved: Relieves Pain And Is Harder To Abuse

    Prescription pain medication is one of the most widely abused substances in America, third behind alcohol and marijuana. About 4.8 million Americans have abused pain medication in the past month, according to the latest data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • NHL's Rich Clune Talks Alcoholism and His Sobriety

    NHL's Rich Clune Talks Alcoholism and His Sobriety

    Hockey star, Rich Clune of the Nashville Predators has recently opened up about his recovery from alcoholism and how it changed his life for the better. Clune is one of the few NHL players to admit to his alcohol problem while still in the league and although a controversial confession he wants to get the word out about recovering from alcoholism.

  • Can Treating Patients While Hospitalized Increase Success Rate For Recovery?

    Can Treating Patients While Hospitalized Increase Success Rate For Recovery?

    There is no question that one of the most significant events that can lead an addict to seek sobriety is hitting "rock bottom,". Rock bottom refers to the point in time when an addict's addiction causes some kind of event or condition that is so severe that an addict realizes they they must seek help if they are going to continue to live. Hitting rock bottom is generally a very unpleasant and scary place, but for many addicts, this is the only way to get some clarity about the importance of seeking help.

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.