Study Disproves Women Children Binge Drinking
On November 26, the academic journal, PLOS Medicine, published a study that indicated the common notion that women with children engage in binge drinking more often than women who do not have children.
This common misconception is often referred to as “mommy drinking culture.” Long-term research from Columbia University was conducted from 2006 to 2018 by researchers Sarah McKetta and Katherine Keyes.
Their results concluded that binge drinking increased among women with children and women without children.
The study also showed that women with children did not drink as often during the years studied compared to women without children.
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Binge Drinking Among Mothers and Non-mothers
The National Health Interview Survey, a subsidiary of the U.S. Census Bureau, provided data for the study.
239,944 Americans were grouped according to gender, age group, and parental status.
Age groups consisted of 18 to 29, 30 to 44, and 45 to 55 years old. The study required that the participants answer questions pertaining to their individual drinking habits.
Mothers aged 30 to 44 years old showed a steep increase in binge drinking, from 17% in 2006 to 32% in 2018. In 2006, non-mothers engaged in binge drinking at a rate of 17% and increased to 44% by 2018. This trend was common among the other cohorts except for fathers aged between 18 and 29 years old. This group showed a decline in binge drinking over the years.
The study concluded that despite the increase of binge drinking among most of the cohorts, mothers and fathers participated less in binge drinking as opposed to men and women without children.
Another recent survey conveyed that men in the U.S. and throughout all the world tend to engage in binge drinking more than women despite the climbing increase of binge drinking from women, mothers and non-mothers.
Additionally, 15 other countries performed similar studies on gender and binge drinking rates, in which they also came to the same conclusion that men engage in binge drinking more often than women.
Social scientists have attributed the differences in gender binge drinking rates to the considerable gender gaps that exist in many societies.
Biological and cultural factors may also play a role in explaining this difference.
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Binge Drinking and Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcohol use disorder is a mental health condition that is developed as a result of frequent heavy alcohol use.
It is characterized as a chronic compulsion to consume alcohol, often without regard to the amount consumed or frequency of use. Binge drinking is common among this disorder. In the U.S., binge drinking is defined as obtaining a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 g/dl or higher within two hours of consuming alcoholic beverages.
For men, the standard is consuming five drinks in under two hours. For women, the standard is consuming four drinks in under two hours. Binge drinking can easily cause dependency to form.
This is sometimes referred to as alcoholism. Dependency almost always presents withdrawal symptoms that manifest when an individual stop using alcohol after prolonged use.
Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances to withdraw from; it can be lethal in some cases. Medical supervision is highly recommended when attempting to withdraw from alcohol use disorder regardless of biopsychosocial factors.
Medical detoxification is one of the first steps to treat alcohol use disorder. This process will eliminate the toxins from alcohol throughout your body.
This is often performed by medical healthcare professionals at rehabilitation centers or medical settings. It can be highly difficult to cope with alcohol use disorder on one’s own.
Isolation often leads to more problems, including damaged relationships, job loss, financial struggles, and suicidal ideation and/or tendencies. If you or someone you know has these feelings, it is important to seek help immediately.
Early intervention may help prevent alcohol from further damage to the individual. They must be informed of the treatment available for them so that they can experience adulthood free from the grip of addiction.
Several methods of treatment are available for alcohol use disorder. Some commonly used treatments are psychotherapy, counseling, and sometimes pharmaceutical intervention.
Common Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder (Alcoholism)
Despite its universal acceptance in socialization, the fact remains that alcohol use can be dangerous if not consumed responsibly. Often, people experience alcohol and find the pleasure outweighs the risks.
They can sometimes drink excessively and frequently. Peer pressure can lead to increased alcohol use due to wanting to be accepted by their peers.
Capacity for alcohol intake varies among each individual, therefore there is no determined amount of consumption that can provide an accurate indication of an alcohol use disorder diagnosis.
Below are common signs of alcohol use disorder or alcoholism:
- Decline in work or school performance and neglecting other responsibilities because of alcohol use (either using or recovering)
- Binge drinking or drinking more than intended
- Drinking as a coping mechanism for another mental health condition, also known as self-medicating
- Continuing to drink despite negative consequences
- Blacking out or not remembering actions under the influence of alcohol
- Lying about how much alcohol is consumed
If you or someone you know displays any of these signs, it may be time to consider receiving a proper evaluation from a licensed healthcare professional. They will help you find the proper treatment and resources available for alcohol use disorder.
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Mental and Physical Health Risks of Alcohol
A lifetime of consuming alcohol comes with great risk and will substantially increase the likelihood of developing serious mental and physical health conditions.
Abstaining from alcohol or drinking in moderation and responsibly will greatly reduce the risks associated with alcohol use.
Binge drinking especially presents an immediate risk of alcohol poisoning and death. Binge drinking is more common among young people as opposed to adults. In the U.S., the standard of alcohol intoxication from binge drinking is indicated by a blood alcohol concentration minimum of 0.08% within two hours of consumption.
Many factors influence intoxication, including the number and strength of the alcoholic drink, body weight, sex, age, and tolerance.
Research indicates that early alcohol abuse and binge drinking will result in further abuse as the individual reaches adulthood.
Common Alcohol-Related Mental and Physical Health Risks:
- Developing alcohol use disorder
- Liver disease
- Stomach ulcers
- Cognitive deficiencies
- Substance-induced mental health conditions
- Suicidal ideation/tendencies
- Brain damage
- Increased blood pressure
- Heart problems
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