It is common for people in their late teens and early twenties to engage in a “weekend warrior” lifestyle - during the week, they are focused on their college studies, and on the weekends they let loose and party hard. The prevalence of this behavior belies its harmful nature, as binge drinking in this manner can be detrimental to a person’s health and well-being. What is the harm in engaging in binge drinking as part of the young adult experience?
First, binge drinking causes a substantially higher blood alcohol level than regular alcohol consumption. This is due to both the quantity of alcohol consumed and the intermittent nature of when drinks are taken - sobriety during the week and heavy intoxication on the weekends. This heightened BAC means a binge drinker will find themselves significantly impaired in terms of motor function, decision making, and information processing. This puts you at a substantially greater risk for making poor, potentially fatal decisions. For example, choosing to get behind the wheel rather than calling an Uber after a night of partying, leading to a DUI arrest or worse.
Besides the risk posed by binge drinking’s effect on the brain, binge drinkers are at a far greater risk of succumbing to alcohol poisoning than the average drinker. Again, this is due to the body’s inability to cope with the large amount of alcohol being consumed, which leads to regular system functions such as heart rate, body temperature, and respiration to become impaired. These are the results of a fatal alcohol overdose, but binge drinking can exert its deadly effects even without these symptoms presenting. A person who has been rendered unconscious by alcohol may aspirate and choke on their vomit, as their gag reflex is repressed by alcohol’s effect on their nervous system. Binge drinking clearly poses a severe risk to a person’s life.
A “weekend warrior” lifestyle may seem like a long-standing part of college life, but this behavior is simply binge drinking by another name. Binge drinking poses a significant risk to a person’s life, as both your judgement and bodily functions become so impaired that you are literally unable to protect and sustain your own existence. This behavior is also a gateway to developing a substance abuse disorder, as weekend binges can easily bleed into the weekday, and before you know it you have a daily alcohol habit. If this binge drinking behavior sounds familiar to you, you should take action and cut down on your alcohol consumption before it develops into a more serious addiction. If you feel you have already developed a substance abuse disorder due to your alcohol consumption, Evolutions is here to help. Call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 and let us help you get on a path of recovery so you may focus on your studies and succeed in sobriety and in life!