Professional Hypnotherapy and NLP - Binge Drinking

Binge drinking used to mean drinking heavily over several days.  Binge drinking impairs judgment, so drinkers are more likely to take risks they might not take when they're sober.  Binge drinking can contribute to many health disorders including cancer, liver, pancreatic and cardiovascular diseases, as well as a variety of gastrointestinal problems, neurological disorders and reproductive system disorders.  Binge drinking is a term widely used, but people tend to have quite different understandings of exactly what that means.  Binge drinking is defined by researchers as drinking five or more drinks in a row for men and four drinks for women.  Binge drinking, carrying on drinking well past the outer limits of sobriety, is becoming an all-too frequent way to spend a night out. 

Heavy or binge drinking is one of the main contributors to the development of liver cirrhosis in men Heavy or binge drinking is one of the main contributors to the development of liver cirrhosis in men.  The Health Department said men should not have more than four drinks on one occasion or 14 in a week.  "Short-term episodic drinking -- not alcoholism -- is the predominant alcohol-related problem," said author Jim Roeber, an alcohol epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health in Santa Fe.  Binge drinking can be harmful for a number of reasons: It can be immediately and directly harmful to your health.  "Some people may end up having a bad experience and hurt themselves or someone else due to binge drinking," said Richard Heisterman, Student Health substance use clinician and licensed clinical social worker. 

Studies show that more than 35 percent of adults with an alcohol problem developed symptoms—such as binge drinking—by age 19.  Alcohol is involved in two-thirds of college student suicides and 95 percent of violent crime on campus.  Alcohol is involved in 90 percent of campus rapes, according to Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.  "60 percent of college women who have acquired sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS and genital herpes, were under the influence of alcohol at the time they had intercourse".  "95 percent of violent crime on campus is alcohol-related". 

Research indicates that the human brain continues to develop into a person's early 20's and that exposure of the developing brain to alcohol may have long-lasting effects on intellectual capabilities and may increase the likelihood of alcohol addiction.  Researchers are now also looking at whether this early brain damage, or neurodegeneration, lays the foundation for addiction to alcohol.  Other researchers have explained that it is counter-productive to brand as pathological the consumption of only five drinks over the course of an evening of eating and socializing. 

Over time, alcohol can damage parts of the body, including the brain and liver.  Long-term use risks liver damage, pancreatitis, certain cancers, and literal shrinkage of the brain.  The latest research however suggests that binge drinking causes rapid damage to the brain, and the effects can be seen in a relatively short space of time.  If a woman binge drinks during such a critical stage, significant harm may be inflicted on the developing fetal brain.  Although heavy alcohol consumption throughout pregnancy leads to a significant risk of brain injury to the developing fetus, the fetus is especially vulnerable to alcohol-induced brain injury during specific stages of brain development, many of which occur early during pregnancy.  Not surprisingly, such alterations in the normal development of the structural and neurochemical composition of the brain can have deleterious behavioral consequences. 

For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.  Brief interventions to help people change their alcohol use have long been recognized as a potentially useful strategy, but past research in this area has focused on college students, problem drinkers screened in clinics and hospitals or people seeking specialized counselling and alcohol rehabilitation treatment. 

Whatever the reasons for your binge drinking it is possible to help you to change by using hypnotherapy and NLP.  There is some disagreement over what constitutes binge drinking.  There has been lots of media interest in Britain's 'binge drinking culture' and even the government is worried, but what exactly is a binge.  Binge drinking is drinking that gets you drunk, deliberately or otherwise.