Going out for drinks with the boys is a good way to unwind from a long week of work and start the weekend on a great note. That said, you’ve got to be careful that you do not enjoy yourself a bit too much. Learn about how alcohol can poison the body and its connection to binge drinking. Further, ask yourself if you could have a problem with alcohol.
Breaking Down Poisoning via Alcohol
One of the first things to know about alcohol poisoning is that it takes roughly 2,200 lives every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. What makes this type of poisoning so dangerous is that it can happen so quickly, even after the person has stopped drinking. In fact, your blood alcohol concentration level can continue increasing for between 30 and 40 minutes after you stop drinking. Even worse is that this particular type of poisoning doesn’t offer much in the way of warning before it shuts down the body.
Signs of Poisoning
So, what are some of the symptoms you should keep an eye out for when you and your friends are out drinking? Vomiting, seizing, unconsciousness, and blue lips and tinting around the fingers are some of the most common symptoms. A person may also display depressed breathing and either cold or clammy skin. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best to seek professional attention as soon as possible.
Binge Drinking and Alcohol Poisoning
Depending on the type of friends you have, it may not be uncommon for you all to consume large amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time. There is nothing wrong with wanting to have a good time, but you’ve got to think of your safety and the safety of your friends. Breaking it down, binge drinking is defined (for men) as having at least five drinks in roughly two hours.
Do you feel you engage in binge drinking more often than not? If so, can you identify the reason behind your binge drinking? You may have a drinking problem, or the issue could be deeper than that.
Here, it’s important to point out that having a drinking problem is not the same as alcoholic addiction. With a drinking problem, you have little to no problem simply quitting. The roots of alcoholism dive deeper. Alcoholism is tied to a physical dependence on alcohol. The person physically craves alcohol and cannot stop drinking. Maybe you start drinking and cannot stop no matter how much you want to. Or perhaps you notice that most of your friends are heavy drinkers. Another symptom of alcoholism is denying there is a problem because your work or personal life doesn’t suffer because of your drinking.
The Importance of Getting Professional Help
If you feel there’s a good chance you struggle with alcohol addiction, it’s vital that you get professional help. While you can most certainly try dealing with your drinking on your own, you may proceed in a way that does more harm than good. For instance, you may go through alcohol withdrawals, something you should not go through alone. Symptoms include elevated blood pressure and heart rate, agitation, seizing, vomiting, and tremors. With severe enough symptoms, people have died from alcohol withdrawal. Even if a person doesn’t succumb to delirium tremens, which is the main contributing factor to the death rate of alcohol withdrawal, it’s possible she or he could suffer serious health issues.
Before you join your friends for another weekend of drinking, take your physical and mental health into your hands. Even if you don’t have an alcohol addiction, a single session of heavy drinking can lead to accidental alcohol poisoning. Find other, safer ways to unwind.