The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as, “a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 percent – or 0.08 grams of alcohol per deciliter – or higher. For a typical adult, this pattern corresponds to consuming 5 or more drinks (male), or 4 or more drinks (female), in about 2 hours.”

Binge drinking is often widely accepted in our society. To get “loose” while socializing and have a few drinks here and there sounds pretty harmless, until it isn’t. For many, binging leads to more serious problems including alcohol addiction. Many bingers are in denial about the affects their alcohol consumption is having on their lives. Over time, the fallout from their pattern of drinking becomes clear and inevitably can lead to dependency.

Some of the signs that binge drinking has gotten out of hand include cravings, trouble completing tasks, and a reduction in social interactions. There are often underlying issues leading to excessive drinking like stress and depression. Interpersonal relationships that are straining, codepency, and peer pressure can also leave some on the slippery slope of addiction.

If you find yourself facing the bottle more than you’d like, it may be time to check in for some support. Scottsdale Recovery Center® has a team that has been in your shoes and can help you get sober. Connect today at 866-519-2509.

Talk to Someone Who’s Been There. Talk to Someone Who Can Help. Scottsdale Recovery Center® holds the highest accreditation (Joint Commission) and is Arizona’s premier rehab facility since 2009. Call 602-346-9142.