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Binge drinking proving a costly burden to the economy by Carly Robertson





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Binge drinking or excessive consumption of large quantities of alcohol is a major economic problem in the United States that is costing millions of dollars as health care costs, loss of worker productivity and other consequences. Binge drinking among students is creating havoc with their future academic and professional activities during their college years. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks per occasion for men and four or more drinks for women and is responsible for about 70% of excessive drinking costs.

Among students binge drinking is responsible for increasing the ability to make strikingly poor decisions related with academic activities and is jeopardizing the possibility of admittance to graduate and professional schools and the likelihood of securing employment. The fresher or incoming freshmen are more venerable to succumbing to pressure and binge drinking.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), binge drinking is the most common pattern of excessive alcohol use in the United States. The nationwide economic burden of excessive drinking in the United States was $223.5 billion in 2006. However, researchers believe that the study’s findings are underestimated, as it does not include the related costs such as pain and suffering among excessive drinkers or other affected by their drinking. The physical harm associated with binge drinking includes alcohol poisoning, liver disease, neurological damage, sexual dysfunction and dramatic increase in poor judgment to seriously questionable decisions such as drunk driving leading to accidents.

Binge drinking is causing on an average of 80,000 deaths and about 2.3 million years of potential life lost in the United States each year. There are different types of alcohol and drug rehab centers located in United States with various alcohol rehab options such as alcohol detoxification, prescription medicines, outpatient counseling, Inpatient treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Holistic drug rehab programs etc.

The main objective/goal of alcohol rehab is very similar across treatment modalities. Irrespective of type of treatment the alcoholic/addicted person chooses, an alcohol and drug rehab center have trained and caring professionals to help patients recover from their addiction to alcohol and live a sober life. Majority of alcohol and drug rehab centers also specializes in the treatment of co-occurring disorders (mental health disorders) that are usually observed in about 37% of alcoholics in recovery. Therefore, it can be said that alcohol rehab is a necessity for those who are into binge drinking.

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