Binge Drinking

Simply put, binge drinking refers to drinking more than double the lower risk guidelines for alcohol in one session. Binge drinking or heavy episodic drinking is a modern epithet for drinking alcoholic beverages with the primary intention of becoming

How to Drink in Moderation?

It’s the holiday season, time to let go and relax, have a few drinks with friends and family. Basically, that time of the year where all you want to do is chill out, maybe even party the whole night long. But the truth is that just when you feel that the things are getting relaxed, or you’re in the bar and just getting into your groove, you get the urge to puke. And there you go cursing that last vodka shot.

It doesn’t matter how well you can drink and hold your alcohol, everyone has that one tipping point. And keeping in mind this party season and the impeding new year’s eve everyone is at a risk of throwing up.

But fret not now, there are tricks and tips you can keep in mind that would help you double the amount of alcohol you can drink without feeling that urge to puke.

Antacids

As the first precaution to keep in mind before a night out drinking is to pop some antacids before you head out. Antacids like Pan-D are easily available at most pharmacies and ensure that you don’t suffer from acidity and can hold yourself after drinking. A natural antacid is banana, and you can surely eat a couple of bananas before leaving.

No Mixing Drinks

You just had a pint of beer, and now want a couple of vodka shots. Or are wondering of trying out that scotch you’ve always wanted to. If this is the case, then you are definitely going to throw up later. Sure mixing drinks is the fastest way to get drunk really quick, but mixing more than three drinks will take your stomach for a good round spin.
If you absolutely have to mix drinks, keep at least a half hour gap between drinks.

Ice Down your drink

There is a reason most people prefer their drinks chilled. Ice is responsible for cooling down the drink so that it does not hurt your alimentary canal. Ice also dilutes your drinks so that it is less lethal and keeps you in control for a longer time.

Keep yourself Hydrated

Keeping yourself hydrated while drinking is extremely crucial. The potassium levels in your body can take a dip when you are drinking, which leaves you nauseated. You can also pick up a few refreshing mojitos and mocktails between drinks.
Keeping yourself hydrated also ensures that you don’t suffer from a deadly hangover the next morning.

Eating before hitting the club

Not only is this the smartest way of ensuring that you don’t find yourself in the bathroom hurling, it also saves you a ton of money on expensive meals at clubs and bars. Filing your stomach with a light meal increases your ability to drink more without getting tipsy.

Milk, Elaichi& Ginger

Getting a glass of milk before drinking hardens your intestines to the effects of alcohol, while cardamom and ginger are really effective ways of reducing nausea by popping one in your mouth whenever you feel that you have had a tad too much of alcohol.

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THIS HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU BINGE DRINK

Binge drinking is of common occurrence between young adults and new professionals. Binge drinking happens when a person consumes more than five alcoholic drinks on one occasion. Binging is clearly an unhealthy habit which affects our bodies and brains. In the short term, binge drinkers complain about hangovers, lack of sleep, irritability, mood swings, difficulty at work and interpersonal relationships. In the long run, binge drinking can cause liver disease, cancer and memory loss amongst many other associated health problems.

To begin with, binging seems like the most fun thing to do on weekends and party evenings. Binge drinkers can’t seem to stop at just one drink. Even after serious attempts to stop, they just keep wanting more and more till the bottle empty the life out of them. Here are some facts about alcohol that will explain what happens to your body when you binge drink.

What happens to Alcohol when it enters your body?

Alcohol is a relatively simple organic compound that doesn’t need to be digested. In pure form, alcohol in chemical constitution is simpler than glucose. As the drink reaches your stomach, it is directly picked up into the blood stream (by a process much similar to how we absorb oxygen from our lungs). Entering the blood stream, it goes to all bodily tissues including the heart (which may race if the amount of alcohol becomes too high) and the brain (where the buzz is exactly felt). Alcohol does not have a real process of digestion, but is metabolised into acetaldehyde (the dreaded compound that is responsible for hangovers) in the liver. The liver is the organ that takes the most load of alcohol metabolism because every drop of alcohol that you drink is broken down in the liver. Traditionally speaking, alcohol avoids the regular digestive route, but a new research suggests that alcohol can make gut bacteria to leak from the stomach and release harmful toxins into the bloodstream.

Adam and Eve don’t have equal cups of wine.

Keeping aside gender-bias and feudalism which say a man can handle his alcohol and women can’t, the real basis for why men drink more is the way their bodies are designed. Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is the unit that measures the amount of alcohol in a person’s blood. Men have heavier bodies and higher water content in their tissues that can take in more alcohol than a woman. Women on the other hand are smaller and have less water in their bodies as compared to men. This in other words, means that a woman gets drunk faster than a man on the same amount of alcohol. Imagine what this fact would mean to a binge drinker!

The best way to drink responsibly is by munching on snacks while you drink. It helps the body cope with the physical stress of alcohol consumption. Drinking is fun only when the body is healthy.

If you want to binge, binge on life, not on alcohol!

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5 Ways to Spot a Binge Drinker

 

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably aware of the ill effects of binge drinking. Always characterised by by failing health, crashing grades, breaking relationships which lead to a ruined life, binge drinking patterns have been widely studied and researched amongst the groups that are most prone to falling victim to it – The Young Adults.

In a recent study at the University of Alabama, Birmingham suggests one in four college student suffers from alcohol abuse related issues. This includes falling grades, bunking class, hangovers and a general tendency towards “missing-class-because-I-was-partying-all-night”. If this weren’t shocking enough, 1,824 students die from alcohol related injuries like drunk driving, over dosing and substance abuse. This approximates to a whopping 38 million American adults who binge drink four times every month. Some with the awareness of what they’re doing, but unfortunately, most people have no idea they are crossing the permissible health limits for consumption of alcohol. They don’t recognise binge drinking as a problem because it doesn’t happen every day. For instance, they may have just a glass of wine every evening (which is fine) but keep a full bottle for when the week ends (which clearly is harmful).

Here are 5 behaviours that indicate you’re pushing it way too much –

  1. You’ve started to do things you’d never let a best friend do.

Have you recently ripped off your tie after being seriously buzzed at an office get-together and suggested your boss and colleagues to take the party to a near-by club? Or, just said hey to an attractive stranger after downing six pints of beer and found yourself in their car or worse, in their bed a couple of hours later? Binge drinking means you have little or no control on the logic and reasoning centre of your brain which makes you do silly, or in some cases, dangerous things. Binge drinkers are always at a higher risk of catching STDs, becoming victims of drunk driving and often find themselves in violent situations.

  1. Your memories are getting faint.

You are four times more prone to having an alcohol related disorder if one or both of your parents were alcoholic. Alcohol gets absorbed in the blood stream and interferes with the brain centre that stores memories. Glutamate is an amino acid that is associated with memory recall, and alcohol directly interferes with it.

  1. You plan your work-week around drinking.

All of us love the days we have no work, but if every plan of yours revolves around alcohol every day and every weekend, then you need to pay attention to your habits. You may have been a hard worker but you’ve started being hungover for your morning meetings, or may be missing your gym class for a couple of Happy Hour drinks.

  1. You can’t seem to stop at one drink.

“One more round” is your favourite line at the bar. One problem binge drinkers face is to not be able to stop when they should. You may have set a strict limit to how much you want to drink on a certain night, but you end up having twice that amount. You obviously regret it the next morning, but by then you’ve already indulged in binge drinking once again.

  1. Your friends are worried about you.

A close friend may have hinted at your love for getting drunk a couple of times. You may have chosen to ignore it at first, but it may be a good idea to revisit their concern when you feel better. It is embarrassing, or even humiliating to be called a drunk, but close friends are able to identify changes in behaviour much faster than anyone else.

To minimise your risk of binge drinking, remember to have no more than 1 drink/ day (for women) and 2 drinks/day (for men). Also, try to spread out your consumption over all week. It’s never a good idea to ‘save up’ your drinks for the weekend. Always eat a full meal before drinking.

Cheers!

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