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Is binge drinking serious?

Brad Lamm
Addiction Medicine
Binge drinking is often an excuse for those who struggle with alcohol addiction; if someone binges occasionally but doesn't drink daily, it minimizes the issue. Watch health educator and interventionist Brad Lamm discuss binge-drinking behavior.
Paul  Hokemeyer, PhD
Marriage & Family Therapy
I often hear from patients, "What’s the big deal with binge drinking? If you only do it once and a while who cares?" You should care because binge drinking exposes you to a number of health and emotional risks. These include “black outs“ where you forget what happened while you were drinking, loss of control, poor sexual and financial decisions (having sex with Mr. and/or Ms. Wrong and spending way too much money on the evening’s activities). You also are at great risk for falling down, getting into fights and making a good-old-fashioned fool of yourself.

Binge drinking is a serious form of alcohol abuse. It is the leading cause of alcohol poisoning, which can be a life-threatening condition. Binge drinking can also lead to drunk driving. Over half of 21- to 24-year-olds killed in a traffic accident had alcohol in their system at the time of the accident.

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