DRUG AND ALCOHOL BINGE ADDICTION
The quintessential form of alcohol and drug binging occurs at colleges and during the teen years at parties. Think of spring break in Florida. This has led to colleges and the government working towards improving alcohol and drug education of young American’s on the dangers of binge use and to the implementation of increased penalties for those who engage in binge behavior.
Signs and Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Binge Addiction
The insidious nature of drug and alcohol addiction, binge-type leads to it being difficult to recognize and to treat. The first signs of a binge-type addiction may be legal consequences, or the failure to meet expected family and social obligations. Because binge use, especially that of alcohol, is socially acceptable in many cultures, it is not commonly viewed as a problem. However, there is a strong association with repeated alcohol and drug binge behavior and the development of an addiction. Furthermore, repeated binge behavior that leads to impaired control, social impairment and risky use meets the definition of a substance use disorder. In other words, the person is suffering from an addiction.
If you or a loved one is suffering from an alcohol or drug addiction, binge-type, it is important to keep note of the patterns of use, the amount used and the consequences. The pattern of use is significant because this information can be used to identify triggers. Sometimes those with a continuous drug or alcohol addiction will cease the use of the substance, only to restart the behavior later. In doing so, the amount and frequency of use can be the same as it was before the period of abstinence or but oftentimes is much greater. This poses great health risks, especially the risk of overdose as the body may no longer have tolerance to the substance as it did before.
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