Binge Drinking Dangerous on Many Levels
Binge drinking is dangerous especially for young drinkers because it can have negative consequences on so many different levels.
Types of Binge Drinkers Identified
British researchers have studied the social and psychological characteristics of drinkers who regularly consume twice the recommended amount of alcohol and have identified nine types of heavy drinkers.
What Are the Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning?
Answers to frequently asked questions from the About.com Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site.
Top Myths About Drinking Alcohol
These are the most common misconceptions that many people have about drinking alcohol and the effects of alcohol, along with the actual facts.
Teen's Death Exposes Binge Drinking Dangers
When the lifeless body of 16-year-old Julia Gonzalez was found by a passer-by in Pedretti Park in Turlock, California, her death was a mystery that captivated the public and the news media for more than three months.
Brief Interventions Effective for Some Drinking Problems
For people who do not have a serious drinking problem, but sometimes drink alcohol at dangerous or abusive levels, brief interventions can be an effective way to get them to moderate their alcohol consumption and eliminate harmful drinking patterns.
Attention and Memory Affected by Binge Drinking
If you are 25 years or younger and you drink to excess even once a week, your brain may exhibit some deficits. Your ability to pay attention and use your visual working memory could be compromised.
CDC: Binge Drinking Bigger Problem Than We Thought
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 38 million Americans binge drink and average of four times per month.
Binge Drinking Affects Verbal Learning Skills
Researchers find that binge drinking may affect a student's ability to remember new verbal information, or what is known as their verbal declarative memory.
Binge Drinking Damages Young Brains
High resolution brain scans have pinpointed exactly which areas of the brains of adolescents and young adults that are damaged the most.
FDA Issues Warnings for Alcohol Energy Drinks
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to the makers of alcohol energy drink informing them that adding caffeine as a separate ingredient to these malt beverages is an "unsafe food additive."
Binge Drinkers Have Highest Risk of Injury
It's not chronic heavy drinkers who have the highest risk of alcohol-related injuries, it is the moderate drinkers who sometimes drink heavily who are more like to suffer injuries, especially while they are drinking.
Binge-Drinking Increases Risk of Violence
A study of more than 4,000 teenagers in 13 different schools in Britain found that binge drinking increased aggression, but also increased the chance of children becoming the victim of violence, even if they were not violent themselves.
Binge Drinking Impairs Decision Making
A four-year study of 200 college students found that those who drink heavily and started drinking at an early age demonstrate poor decision-making skills, just like long-term, chronic alcoholics.
Binge Drinking Linked to Metabolic Syndrome Risks
Heavy binge drinking by adolescents and young adults has been linked to long-term health consequences including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
Binge Drinking Is Costly to Society
Excessive drinking is estimated to cost the United States $223.5 billion each year, the latest government figures show.
Drinking Rates Remain Unchanged in the U.S.
The latest government statistics show a decrease in the use of illicit drugs over the past four years, but the number of people who consume alcohol remains essentially the same, with more than half of everyone over the age of 12 reported as drinkers.
North Dakota Tops Binge Drinking Stats
Utah has the lowest rate of past month use of illicit drugs in the nation, as well as the lowest rate for binge drinking, while Alaska has the highest rate of illegal drug use and North Dakota has the highest rate of binge drinking.
Brief Counseling Can Reduce High-Risk Drinking
Physicians who spent only a few focused minutes counseling young patients about reducing their alcohol use successfully reduced high-risk drinking among those patients as well as the number of motor vehicle crashes, arrests for substance or liquor violations and emergency room visits.
Heavy Drinking Dangers
Two more research studies have emphasized the serious health effects of long-term heavy drinking, from an increased risk for having accidents to developing liver cancer.
Smoking Prompts Binge Drinkers to Drink More
A new study has found that smoking while drinking actually reduces blood alcohol concentrations, meaning that people who are drinking to get drunk, such as binge drinkers, have to drink even more alcohol to feel the same effect as non-smokers.
Social Drinkers Can Blackout Too
Blackouts while intoxicated are not limited to alcoholic drinkers and females are more likely to experience blackouts than males, according to a survey of college students conducted by Duke University.
Binge Drinking a 'Unhealthy' Pattern
How you drink alcohol can influence the risk of heart disease by affecting the accumulation of abdominal fat - a body characteristic shown to be an important risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.
Alcohol Not Always Linked to Risky Choices
A common assumption that alcohol intoxication always causes people to make risky decisions may not be correct, says a University of Toronto researcher.