Having a drink every now and again is one thing, but binge drinking? Well, that's another. And two new reports out about binge drinking paint a pretty worrisome picture.
The first, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that estimates the cost to society of binge drinking to about $2 per drink. In fact, binge drinking cost the U.S. an estimated $224 billion in 2006 due to lost work productivity, property damage from car crashes, health care costs for liver cirrhosis and other alcohol-associated medical problems, according to CBS News.
The second report comes from researchers at the University of Missouri and looks at the growing issue of 'drunkorexia' among teens and college students. Drunkorexia is a combination of disordered eating and binge drinking, where people drink instead of eat their calories. Young people claim that the unhealthy practice helps them to get drunk faster and save money that they would spend on food to use instead on alcohol. Researchers found that 16 percent of those surveyed reported drunkorexia behaviors, and about three times as many women saved their calories for drinking as compared with men. Besides having dangerous cognitive, behavioral and physical effects, researchers note that this type of combined disordered eating and binge drinking can also put people at risk for developing more serious eating disorders or addiction problems.
Remember, when it comes to alcohol, the name of the game is moderation! One drink a day for women and two for men is the widely accepted recommendation by health professionals.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.