Young Binge Drinkers and Mental Health…

For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

A-Z AMBASSADOR 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is the Letter Y

A-Z Challenge Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Binge Drinkers and Mental Health

Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood/alcohol concentration up to high levels, quickly. For men it would take five-drinks in a two-hour period and for women it would be four-drinks per two-hour period.

Binge drinking is common among the eighteen- thirty-four-year-old – age group. In fact ninety-percent of drinking in this age group is done in the form of binging.

Young drinkers may be the most common binge drinkers but those over sixty-five years of age binge drink more often usually five or six times a month.

This type of drinking is also much more prevalent among households that earn more than seventy-five-thousand-dollars a year and men are two-times more likely to binge drink than woman.

Excessive alcohol use can cause all sorts of medical problems including but not limited to liver cirrhosis, cancer, cardio vascular disease, gout, pancreatitis, nerve damage, infectious diseases and more.

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Having one drink may give you a relaxed feeling due to the chemical changes the alcohol causes in the brain. It can relieve anxiety. If you continue to drink a negative emotional response can occur. You can become angry, anxious and or depressed.

 

It can also complicate mental health disorders. Alcohol use has been linked to depression, self harm, suicide and psychosis. It can be extremely difficult to diagnose psychiatric disorders when alcoholism and mental health disorders co-exist. In fact people that have a mental health issue and use alcohol excessively are at great risk of suicide.

Someone who is taking anti-depressants, anti-psychotic or anxiety reducing medication should NEVER binge drink. It can be fatal.

Occasional binge drinking is not going to cause a mental health disorder. Excessive binge drinking can cause mental health problems, physical problems and medical problems.

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16 Responses to “Young Binge Drinkers and Mental Health…”

  • That’s why I only have one drink at a time.

  • Helene Cohen Bludman:

    Scary stuff. I’ve never understood the binge mentality when it comes to alcohol. Why get so wasted that you get sick? I don’t get why that is fun.

  • As a mom of teens this is something I worry about often. I know that so many kids think they’re invincible and make bad choices. Sometimes they’re ones you can’t ever make right. I talk to them all the time about drinking in general and binging in particular. I can only hope they heard me.

  • Well if you don’t drink at all, I think this one can be avoided. =) I live on cheese and chocolate instead. Oh, and sugar. Sugar is my drug of choice. 😉

    True Heroes from A to Z

  • This is an important topic, Doreen. With all the hoopla surrounding legalized marijuana, it astounds me that folks aren’t paying more attention to the horrors of alcohol. I do drink but not to excess and I certainly don’t binge. I have numerous family members and friends, though, whose lives and the lives of those around them have been devastated by alcohol, and it was in their teens that each and every one of them began drinking.

    Thank you for sharing!

  • The philosophy, a little is good than more is much be better becomes a binge. I think with alcohol crossing to the binge area is not really noticed with judgment impaired.

  • I am so glad that I never did that. I never really got into drinking on a regular basis. Maybe one or two drinks a year. If that. TheHubs witnessed his drunken mother enough times to realize he didn’t want to do that. Luckily, he is the same as me with alcohol. I worry that when TheBoy becomes of age, he will go and do the binge drinking. But I guess that comes with the territory of being a parent. The best thing I can do is educate him about it. 🙂

    You’re right about alcohol and mental illness go hand in hand. I’ve seen so many veterans with PTSD or chronic pain or TBI resort to drinking. Many of them haven’t reached the point that they are seeking help for their mental disorders. Many are in denial. It’s sad that they just can’t see it. I’m lucky in that fact too. My husband has been dealing with it for a very long time and has been receiving help and has never once resorted to alcohol to drown his sorrows.

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    My A to Z
    Caring for My Veteran

  • This is scary and sad.

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