Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking in which you consume a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time. For most people, this means consuming four or five drinks in a couple of hours. Although binge drinking doesn’t always lead to dependence, it can still lead to problems. If you binge drink, you may have trouble meeting your responsibilities at home, work or school. You may have accidents, illness or legal problems caused by your drinking. When these problems related to your drinking begin, it’s time to explore binge drinking treatment options.
Do Binge Drinkers Really Need Treatment?
There is a fine line between problem drinking and alcoholism. Many binge drinkers are convinced that their problem with alcohol isn’t all that bad because they don’t drink every day; they may even have the ability to abstain from alcohol use for long periods of time. Continuing to drink heavily, even if it’s only once in a while, can still be risky because of the possible consequences of this behavior. When binge drinking is interfering with work, school or your relationships, you may still need to look at how drinking is affecting your life, even if you are not physically addicted to alcohol.
Overcoming Alcohol Use and Abuse
When you are experiencing negative consequences from binge drinking or find that you aren’t able to control how much you drink once you start, it’s important to consider binge drinking treatment options. Treatment for alcohol abuse is available on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. One option is behavioral treatments that aim to change drinking behavior through counseling so you can begin to learn to make better choices. You may also find that attending support groups (i.e. Alcoholics Anonymous) can help you to understand alcohol use disorder and learn to recognize things that can trigger episodes of binge drinking. One of the best places to get help is from your primary care physician. He/she can help to evaluate your drinking patterns and recommend a treatment plan. Source: “Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help” – National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/treatment/treatment.htm