December is fun time as it is full of marriages and celebrations like Christmas and New Year. Unfortunately, however, these celebrations often get tainted with certain evils. One of them is excessive drinking. That can spoil the fun and also have a long-term effect.
Binge drinking means periodic heavy drinking in a short space of time, which may bring the drinker’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above. That happens typically when men consume 5 or more drinks, and when women consume 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours or less. One drink (or unit ) is considered as 10 ml of absolute alcohol i.e. about 25 ml of whiskey or another hard liquor or 65 ml of wine or 250 ml of beer.
It is considerably more dangerous than slow drinking, say consuming 5 drinks in 4-5 hours and mixed with food and physical activity like dancing or walking and chatting.
Hazards of binge drinking are many and serious and are essentially because of sudden rise in alcohol level in the blood hitting the brain.
Possible ways include:
Dr Rakesh Tandon is the Medical Director and Head of Gastroenterology, Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute, New Delhi.
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