Alcohol-related deaths are particularly tragic because they are preventable. Not only is binge drinking the most deadly pattern of alcohol abuse in the United States, but a new study reveals this type of drinking is having serious health consequences for young men.
Binge Drinking is a Pervasive Issue
Binge drinking is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as drinking that brings your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 percent or higher. In general, this happens when a man consumes five or more drinks.
Binge drinking in America is most common among younger adults ages 18–34. More than 25 percent of that population engaging in these activities. Binge drinking is twice as common among males than among females. A recent study found that this can have grave health consequences.
Study Reveals the Effects of Binge Drinking on Young Men
Alcohol abuse can lead to poor decisions, but there can be health consequences to binge drinking as well. A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association revealed that young men who binge drink are more likely than other young adults to have cardiovascular risk factors such as high cholesterol and hypertension.
The study reviewed the habits and health of more than 4,700 U.S. adults ages 18–45 between 2011 and 2014. Researchers concluded that more than twice as many men as women (25.1 percent vs. 11.8 percent) binge drank alcohol more than a dozen times per year.
Among those who reported binge drinking, the frequent binge drinkers had a total cholesterol level that was up to 10.1 mg/dL higher than non-binge drinkers. Also, men who binge drank over 12 times annually had a 121.8 mm Hg average systolic blood pressure compared with 119 and 117.5 for less frequent and non-binge drinkers respectively.
This is not the first study to address the health effects of binge drinking. Another study released in the summer of 2018 indicated that the national rates of fatal liver disease have risen dramatically. This is particularly the case among young people, with the number of fatalities tied to alcohol-related liver disease among people ages 25 to 34 tripling between 1999 to 2016. This coincides with rising rates of binge drinking across the country.
A new study reveals some serious health effects of binge drinking among men.
What Can Be Done About Binge Drinking?
While not everyone who binge drinks has an alcohol addiction, it can still harm your health. Any type of alcohol abuse is a cause for concern. The good news is that there is help available if you or someone you love wants to stop drinking.
By putting some distance between yourself and alcohol, you not only make better decisions but are doing what is best for your health and overall well-being. Contact The Recovery Village to discuss your situation with an addiction specialist and to learn more about how a customized program can help you.