How Healthcare Administrators Are Tackling the Binge Drinking Epidemic
What is considered binge drinking?
Binge drinker vs. alcoholic: What’s the difference?
- Heavy consumption
- Usually in social settings
- Short period of consumption
- May not be dependent
- Not defined by quantity consumed
- May drink in isolation or secretively
- Consumes alcohol habitually and/or daily
- Dependence on alcohol and may not be able to control or stop drinking
What is the binge drinking epidemic?
Who is binge drinking?
Binge drinking in college
Alcohol abuse facts: Measuring the personal and public health impact
Physical effects of alcohol abuse and binge drinking
- Impaired vision
- Mood swings
- Loss of memory
- Slurred speech
- Cardiovascular disease
- Higher risk of stroke
- Depression and anxiety
- Reduced fertility
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Heavy drinking can cause high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, or sudden death from heart failure.
- Alcohol is a diuretic, which causes the kidneys to produce more urine. This, alone or with vomiting, can lead to dehydration and dangerously low levels of sodium, potassium, and other minerals and salts.
- Alcohol inhibits the gag reflex, which can lead to vomit, saliva, or other substances entering the lungs. This can cause inflammation or infection in the lungs.
- A single session of heavy alcohol use can lead to dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Alcohol-related deaths and injuries
Economic effects of alcohol abuse
Consequences of alcohol abuse among college students
Underage drinking risks and consequences
How to stop binge drinking and prevent alcohol abuse
The CDC alcohol program
Public health surveillance systems and research
Health promotion and prevention strategies
- Increasing alcohol taxes
- Regulation of alcohol outlet density
- shop liability
- Maintaining limits on hours of sale