CDC Says 14 Million Women Binge Drink Three Times a Month

Posted on July 19th, 2013
Posted in Substance Abuse

On at least three occasion per month, 14 million women will down four or more drinks in one sitting. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the practice poses a dangerous situation that many people turn a blind eye toward.

While many substance abuse problems are found in the lower socio-economic strata, binge drinking among women is found in more affluent households where the income hits $75,000 or more per year. Most of these women picked up their habits as teenagers or while they were in their early 20s. The reasons a person drinks to excess are varied and many, but the most common reasons are to cope with feelings of low self-worth, depression and anxiety.

The danger that drinking at a young age poses on women, other than the obvious dangers of risky social situations and accidents and physical issues with heart disease and diabetes, is that their emotional development is permanently affected. Some women who drink heavily during a crucial development phase of their early life will have trouble maturing emotionally and competently.

Letting loose and having a good time can become an issue when the letting loose gets out of control. Does the drinker feel shame about his or her over-indulgence? Do they blackout often or say they can’t relax without a drink? Do they lie about their intake of alcohol and make efforts to hide it? These are warning signs that should beckon an attempt for intervention.

The road to recovery is difficult, but it starts with education. Drinkers need to know the physical and emotional risks they’re taking when they drink to excess. They need to know what triggers the episodes. Most drinkers need to recognize the negative thoughts they often think about themselves and try to curb that tendency. The self-criticism can often lead to shame, which keeps the afflicted from seeking the treatment they desperately need.

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