Alcohol abuse is described as the continued consumption of alcohol despite the negative consequences one experiences due to consumption of large amounts. Binge drinking is another type of this abuse, and it is one of the most common forms. This behavior can harm one’s health, relationships, and interfere with their ability to carry out daily responsibilities, including failure to fulfill duties at work or school. It can also lead to:
- Drinking that leads to dangerous situations such as drunk driving or performing other dangerous impaired judgment acts
- Legal issues involved with reckless acts, such as being arrested for fighting or drunk driving
- Financial problems associated with paying for continuous alcohol use
- Broken relationships
- Loss of employment
Short-Term and Long-Term Alcohol Abuse Risks
Alcohol abuse has short-term and long-term risks. Some common short-term risks include violence, injuries, unprotected sex, and social or financial mishap. Long-term risks include health problems and possible alcohol dependence. Regular binge drinking also carries these risks. Binge drinking is defined as consuming more than 5 beverages (for men) and more than 4 beverages (for women).
Other symptoms and signs, include:
- or violent outbursts.
It is important to note that these risk factors carry a variety of risks themselves. Violence after a binge drinking session may not only cause physical harm, but could result in serving time in jail. Unprotected sex while under the influence can lead to pregnancy or contracting an STD.
There is a thin line between alcohol abuse and alcoholism, and it isn’t hard to cross over that line into alcoholism unless the individual gets professional help right away. Alcoholism occurs when the individual no longer has any control over their cravings for alcohol consumption and continues drinking daily until they suffer permanent, severe damage to their health and lose everything they own and everyone they love, or until they die from the alcoholism.
Stop Living in Denial; Get Help Today
Most individuals are not aware of the negative effects associated with abuse, or they are in denial and ignore the effects. If you are not sure if you need help, call today and one of our counselors can assess your situation and recommend a treatment plan for you. Get alcohol abuse help today, and begin your recovery.