How do you define an “alcoholic problem”? For more conservative people, drinking one bottle of beer might be considered too much. On a different note, other people may consider a full round of drinking to be the perfect poster of alcoholic problems. No matter what your beliefs on the subject matter may be, we can all agree that alcohol abuse (while easy to overcome with enough willpower) is still a potentially dangerous threat to health and society. However, as you may have guessed, this problem falls into a variety of categories, based on a variety of factors including environment and age. So, what are the most common “types” of alcohol abuse? Let’s take a closer look and find out some more.
One of the most common alcohol problems, binge drinking is defined as the consumption of more than 5 (for men) or 4 (for women) standard drinks in one sitting. According to research, drinking this much booze can wreak havoc on your physical and mental health, due to the overload of toxins at a rapid rate. Even occasional binge drinkers technically suffer from alcohol abuse. While not a form of alcoholism, this habit is still exceptionally dangerous.
Binge Drinking in College
Obviously, the main factor here is that this form of binge drinking takes place in college. So, what other factors make this a unique problem? Typically, college students from ages 18 to 21 will engage in dangerous habit, which can result in aggressive sexual encounters, physical assault, and a horde of other emergencies. Likewise, college students who binge drink have a greater tendency to miss more classes, suffer from endless hangovers, and have harsh encounters with law enforcement.
A Progressive Disease
Getting drunk on the weekends and waking up with a hangover is one thing, but completely losing control on a daily basis is a whole different animal. Once your binge drinking or daily drinking has gotten out of hand, you will finally need to admit that you suffering from a severe case of alcohol abuse. Classified as an alcohol use disorder (the same category as alcoholism), this nasty habit can get out of hand very quickly and may require therapy.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Always remember that alcohol does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. 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 abuse or alcoholism troubles today.