The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that binge drinking is four or more drinks at a time for women and five or more drinks at a time for men. Some people think that the issue may be on the rise worldwide, and, maybe partly some people associate the binge drinking phenomena with partying U.S. college kids.
The U.S. seems to have an especially bad reputation when it comes to excessive drinking. Some studies have also suggested that men binge drink more often and more aggressively than do women, although other studies seem to suggest that women are catching up to men in this regard.
The new review of studies has just been done regarding the problem and the damaging physical effects of this issue. Researchers say that this is a new set of findings in alcohol-caused damage to the liver, but also points the way towards new and innovative treatments and therapies, educational programs, and recommendations for ways to make positive lifestyle changes.
What Can Happen When Someone Drinks Too Much
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, someone is binge drinking if they consume enough alcohol in two hours to reach a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of.08. Generally speaking, and depending on a person's size, it normally takes men five drinks in two hours, and women four drink in two hours, to achieve this BAC of.08.
The effects on the body of this sort of fast paced and intense drinking, some say, are far-reaching and long lasting. A whole class of diseases called Alcoholic Liver Diseases (ALD)-cirrhosis, fatty liver, and hepatitis, among them-apparently result from alcohol abuse in general, but especially from drinking large amounts in a small period of time. The problem, some researchers say, is that the liver is a very important organ, the location for most of the body's metabolic action, and that because the liver and its metabolic function play a large role in the functioning of the kidney, the heart, immunity systems, the blood and blood vessel systems, and the mind, that binge drinking caused ALD can in fact have cascading effects and consequences for the health of the whole human body.
Some research suggests that it can do damage at a cellular level, to the mitochondria of cells specifically, and that this type of acute injury to liver cells can do great harm to the overall health of an individual.
Going Forward In More Research And Better Health
Researchers point at the information and intelligence gained from the new review of studies as a road-map for the future.
They also point to the review as a stepping off point for further research into ways to attempt to treat, control and cure related health issues. Researchers hope to uncover new therapies and treatments that will allow people to better care for themselves and manage their own health, to avoid binge drinking in the first place, and attempt to reverse or at least mitigate the damage done by binge drinking.
Binge drinking continues to be a major problem. For more information on the topic or to get someone help for an alcohol problem contact Narconon.