If you have ever spent time with an alcoholic or an abuser or are just savvy with alcoholic practices, then you may have heard of the term “bender.” So, what does this term mean exactly? Simply put, a “bender” can refer to any situation ranging from wild parties to non-strop drinking for multiple days (sometimes without any sleep). At some points, people who take part in a “bender” will pass out from drinking only to take it up again the next day. Keep in mind that benders can only officially take place when a person has been consuming booze for more than one day, typically three days (to include the wild world of the weekend). So, what exactly takes place during a bender and is it any different from binge drinking? Let’s take a closer look and find out some more information.
Not the Same as Binge Drinking
Many times, people will confuse the term “binge drinking” with “bender,” but, in reality, these practices couldn’t be more different. On one hand, binge drinking take place when a person consumes more than 5 standard drinks in a single sitting (4 drinks for women), and excessive drinking can take place before the blood-alcohol content reaches the levels of someone who has gone on a bender. On that note, while some people may consider a bender to be the more dangerous practice, remember that consuming more than the healthy limit of standard daily drinks is considered just as dangerous.
My Memory Is Gone
As we have seen in films like The Hangover, people who go on alcohol and drug benders will become so intoxicated that they will not remember what they have done the night before. As a result of this drunkenness, people can easily fall victim to a range of crimes including sexual assault, breaking-and-entering, and destruction of property and (no joke) can wake up in a jail cell. Worst of all, they will not be able to recall any details of what brought them there to begin with. Binge drinking might be dangerous, but benders are life-threatening and foolish. Never take these chances.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcohol is a dangerous drug that can and will eventually inflict tremendous damage on your mind, body, and social life. Despite what medical reports about alcohol’s benefits for heart health and stroke prevention (which are true), alcohol (like any drug) can potentially harm you. If you are suffering from a severe case of alcohol abuse or alcoholism or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this terrible mental illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the rehabilitation process and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle.
If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol problems today.