Why binge drinking is a catastrophic health problem
Researchers say that there may be a link between binge drinking among young people and cardiovascular disease.
Alcohol is all around us and has a mass marketing appeal which makes it appear as harmless as fruit juice. But consuming too much alcohol can be very toxic and can lead to a myriad of health problems.
Binge drinking it actually a bigger problem than we think. In colleges binge drinking is often seen as a good way to help students move up the social ladder.
Binge drinking represents the most common pattern of excessive alcohol use which is seen in the United States
The CDC has reported that binge drinking represents the most common pattern of excessive alcohol use which is seen in the United States. This type of alcohol abuse is defined by The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as a pattern of drinking which brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) up to 0.08 grams percent or even above that level. This is generally seen with the consumption of 5 or more drinks in men and 4 or more drinks in women, in approximately 2 hours.
It has been reported by the University of Illinois at Chicago that there is a possible link between binge drinking among young people and cardiovascular disease. Mariann Piano, who is a professor and head of biobehavioral science in the College of Nursing, says one of the most serious public health problems American colleges are being confronted with is binge drinking or of heavy episodic alcohol use. It is a very pervasive problem.
Changes to the blood vessels and cells within the cardiovascular system of binge drinkers
Research has shown changes to the blood vessels and cells within the cardiovascular system of binge drinkers. And it has been observed that bad drinking habits generally don't end in college. Piano says binge drinking has become the new type of arteriosclerotic behavior seen among our youth.
Clearly if young adults, and for that matter older adults, are going to drink they should do so only in moderation. There should be greater efforts to teach how dangerous alcohol abuse is. It's really not a joke to abuse alcohol with the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reporting the risks of drinking can include car crashes along with other accidents, violent behavior, risky behavior, and suicide and homicide.