The guidelines of the National Health and Medical Research Center (NHMRC) in Australia are set to be released this July 2008, but many people are already engaged in debates over these guidelines. One major debate focuses on binge drinking.
What it is
Binge drinking occurs when you consume alcohol with the determination to get drunk as soon as possible. Naturally, the amount of time before you accomplish your goal will depend on several factors, including your weight, gender, age, the substance you are drinking, etc. However, binge drinking is considered dangerous and unhealthy for everyone—regardless of size, gender, or choice of drink.
Following the guidelines
The National Health and Medical Research Center guidelines are the result of the in-depth research conducted by some Australian experts. The newly written guidelines are meant to cover the latest findings about alcohol consumption and the risks that are involved, such as vehicular accidents, violence, and sexual abuse. The guidelines also cover the health issues associated with alcoholism.
According to the experts, people who have the tendency to drink more than a couple of shots in one sitting are at more risk than individuals who limit their session to two drinks. Of course, this does not necessarily mean that you are not allowed to go beyond two drinks on your night out. Instead, you can take precautionary measures if you know that you will be drinking more than two drinks. For instance, you can get a trusted friend to be the designated driver or to accompany you home.
A growing crisis
The statistics that involve binge drinking does nothing to make one feel better. It was found that 70% of the people who binge drink in the country are over 25. However, young people are fast catching up in the game of binge drinking. About 90% of below-21 alcohol consumption was binge drinking. It was also found that binge drinking is most likely to occur in people who are 18 to 20 years old.
Problems and solutions
The hazards and problems associated with binge drinking are widely known—accidental and intentional injuries, liver disease, cardiovascular disease and other health problems. To address the problem, authorities here in the US need to implement rules that will limit the places that sell alcoholic drinks. They will also need to discourage underage drinking, and promote rehabilitation.