The information I have been reading on binge drinking is a shock to me, though it shouldn’t have been. But binge drinking is a problem for many people during the holiday season, and it’s of a greater concern among women and girls. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines binge drinking as when a man consumes 5 or more drinks in a night (4 or more for women) and for our more occasions per month. The average drunk driver became impaired from binge drinking, and non-driving accidents (i.e., falling off a ladder, inquiries at public parks or stadiums, accidental shootings) can often be attributed to binge drinking. But again, the really surprising thing for me is that the problem is greater for women than it is for men. Apparently, women metabolize alcohol differently than men. In addition, it seems that some women end up with unintended pregnancies following binge drinking.
This information is good as a preventative measure so that people are aware. The steps to fix the problem for both men and women is a challenge but little things can make a difference. The CDC recommends people to (1) make proactive choices not to drink at all; (2) alternate between an alcoholic drink and a non alcoholic one; (3) space out drinks; and (4) be aware of friends and family members at parties and other social functions. Yes, it does take a village to raise a child, even grown children.