If I Sometimes Binge on Alcohol, Am I Addicted?

Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of drinking that causes a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to rise to .08 grams or above. It can also refer to the consumption of large amounts of alcohol in one sitting. The average amount of alcohol considered to be binge drinking is 5 or more drinks for men and 4 or more for women.

Binge Drinking or Alcohol Addiction?

There is a fine line between binge drinking and alcoholism. Alcoholism is when one’s body is dependent upon alcohol. It is an addiction. Most alcoholics drink, even binge drink, every single day. Alcoholics are dependent on the drug to make it through the day. A binge drinker may be addicted, if he or she will hesitate to go to an event, social gathering or hangout if alcohol is not available. It may not always be clear if a person is struggling with alcoholism, but binge drinking is alcohol abuse.

Binge Drinking May Be More Dangerous than Alcoholism

Many binge drinkers believe they are only drinking on occasion and do not have a problem. However binge drinking often masks a more serious problem such as alcoholism. While binge drinkers may not partake in alcohol consumption every day, they still face the many dangers of alcohol abuse. Binge drinking has been linked to many health problems such as the following:

  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Overdose
  • Cardiovascular and liver disease
  • Brain damage
  • Depression
  • Unintentional an intentional injury
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Unintended pregnancy

Alcohol poisoning is a common outcome of binge drinking, because the user is consuming large or even fatal amounts of alcohol. Binge drinking is also a large contributor to automobile accidents, sexual assault, violence, academic failure and death. Binge drinking is alcohol abuse, and the longer the abuse continues the more likely it is that the individual will develop an addiction to the drug.

When Do I Need to Get Help for My Drinking Habit?

  • Have you tried to quit drinking alcohol or attempted to cut back but couldn’t?
  • Do you often feel guilty, embarrassed or even shocked by your behavior when you consume alcohol?
  • Has your drinking caused relationship problems?
  • Have you neglected your responsibilities at work, home or school because of your drinking habit?
  • Have you put yourself in danger or caused yourself physical harm from drinking alcohol?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your drinking habit may be more of a problem than you think. Alcohol abuse is dangerous, because the user is vulnerable to injury or death at any moment while drinking.

Get Help for Binge Drinking or Alcohol Addiction

To get help for your or a loved one’s drinking problem, please pick up the phone and call our toll-free addiction helpline today. Our highly trained addiction counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about binge drinking or identifying alcohol abuse or addiction. We can connect you to the best treatment programs in the country and are happy to provide you with information about recovery and addiction. Your call is free, so pick up the phone and get help now.