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Men and women consume substances differently and process them differently, as well due to many factors.
The first is that men’s and women’s bodies react differently to toxins and chemicals.
In many cases, women do not need as much of a substance to feel the effects.
A new study has shown that women who binge drink are more likely to suffer liver damage than men.
There are over 18 million people in the United States who struggle with alcohol use disorders.
Not only is this dangerous, but it can be life-threatening.
Both alcohol abuse and alcoholism are dangerous conditions.
If you have osteoporosis, then your disorder may get worse due to the degradation of your bones.
Abusing alcohol can also make other issues worse, or begin, such as heart disease.
What is Binge Drinking?
Binge drinking is defined based on gender.
If a man consumes five or more drinks in under two hours, or a woman drinks four or more drinks in under two hours, it is considered binge drinking.
Binge drinking has many long-term effects that can be incredibly damaging.
Alcohol is known to cause severe liver damage.
There is proof that one in six people in the United States consumes too much alcohol, leading them to binge drink at least four times per month.
Binge Drinking Study
During a test on rats, the female rats were much more vulnerable to alcohol sensitivity. The two doctors who performed the study found that people can binge drink and be healthy, but it does expose them to liver damage.
Excessive drinking can also turn it from something fun to something very harmful. Eventually, it can lead to alcohol use becoming a coping mechanism, an addiction, or health problems by affecting the liver.
Also, after three alcoholic drinks, females responded with more negative effects than male rats within a 12-hour interval. The blood concentration was twice that in the female rats and showed inflammation, damage, and four times the liver’s fatty-tissue residuals.
Binge Drinking and Women’s Health
The CDC has shown the difference between moderate and high drinking levels. They show the pitfalls of excessive alcohol consumption and listed that there are 88,000 deaths annually and $249 billion in costs in the United States.
Alcohol Abuse vs. Alcoholism
Alcohol affects everyone differently. Some people can have a glass of wine, while other people cannot without going overboard and finishing the whole bottle.
Despite alcohol being poison for the body, having one or fewer drinks per day for women or two drinks for men is considered moderate drinking. Although drinking itself is not necessarily a sign of alcoholism, drinking too much or too often is considered abuse. Additionally, if you are unable to control your drinking, this is a sign of a problem.
There are two forms of alcohol dependency: alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Although these terms are used interchangeably, there are specific differences. If you abuse alcohol too much, you put yourself at a higher risk because you may exhibit poor judgment. Alcohol abusers, such as those who binge drink, typically are not dependent on alcohol. Alcoholics need alcohol to get through the day.
Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are diagnosable conditions when they impact your relationships, cause harm, or have a negative effect on your life. Despite these characteristics, it can be challenging to diagnose alcohol abuse.
If you have a loved one suffering from an alcohol use disorder, you may be trying to show them that their drinking has gone too far. Unfortunately, this may not work, as alcoholics are often in denial.
To diagnose alcoholism, a doctor may inquire about drinking habits and health history. They may also use blood tests to assess overall health and look at specific areas of your body impacted by alcohol use, such as the liver, heart, and brain.
Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse
- strong craving to drink
- inability to control cravings
- inability to stop drinking
- increased tolerance for alcohol
- lying about drinking
- inability to get through everyday activities without drinking
Symptoms of Alcoholism
- drinking to relax
- driving under the influence of alcohol
- problems with family and friends due to drinking
- neglecting responsibilities
- having legal problems because of alcohol
Side Effects of Alcohol Use
- slurred speech
- slow reflexes
- decreased ability to control body
- difficulty concentrating
- periods of memory loss
- poor decision-making
- risky behavior
- staying conscious but not having memory of your actions
- breathing problems
Mental Illness and Alcohol Abuse
For many people, binge drinking and alcohol abuse occur due to psychological or social factors. If you are doing this, then you may drink because of trying to loosen up or because you need to cope with psychological issues.
Although alcohol abuse might occur because of genetics, it can also happen because you are self-medicating a co-occurring disorder.
If you have a mental illness, you are at a higher risk of developing alcoholism because you may try to self-medicate, which often includes binge drinking.
Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.
How to Get Help
Are you or a loved one suffering from addiction?
At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we understand how difficult it can be to give up an addiction.
Our dedicated team will help you customize a treatment plan to help you heal from your addiction.
Our goal is for you to leave Resurgence Behavioral Health with mental fortitude and coping skills to maintain lifelong sobriety.
Call Resurgence Behavioral Health at 855-458-0050 to schedule an appointment.
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