By Staff Blogger
If someone asked you what binge drinking is, you would say excessive amounts of alcohol at one time right? New guidelines that are put out by the US Department of Health and Human Services are suggesting women who have three to four drinks in one sitting is now considered binge drinking. Their guidelines also suggest that women who have one drink a day are considered moderate drinkers.
Usually people think that nights of heavy drinking are reserved mostly for college kids, but a study by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention shows that 70% of binge drinking is done by people ages 26 and older. Included in this number are those people who only have three to four drinks per sitting. This sounds shocking to learn that you may be a binge drinker even when you are just going to blow some steam off after work or on a girl’s night out!
The guidelines for men and women are different due to their body chemistry. Women’s stomachs do not produce as much of the enzyme that breaks down the alcohol as men do, so it reaches the bloodstream faster in women. Women also typically weight less than men so the alcohol reaches the liver faster.
Not every woman that binge drinks will develop a drinking problem, but some do. Some of the other health risks of binge drinking are nasty hangovers, alcohol poisoning, and risky behavior. There is also research that has linked alcohol with certain types of breast cancer, heart disease, and brain damage.
Even with all of these scary facts, most women still go over the seven drink per week guideline and seem to be just fine. It is all about knowing when to say when and stop drinking. That fourth drink is not going to give you cancer but over time you could develop health risks, so when you go out, be mindful of how much you drink.