Is Binge Drinking or Daily Drinking Worse?
Have you ever asked yourself — is binge drinking or daily drinking worse?
When I first became aware of the safe drinking guidelines, it seemed to be acceptable to consume several drinks every day. No problem. But then as more and more of the risks associated with drinking became known, the guidelines tightened up a little.
How much is safe to drink every day?
At first, the amount that I was drinking every day came under scrutiny. Initially, I felt there was no problem. But then the guidelines gradually reduced. Then I found that I was regularly drinking more than the guidelines suggested.
What constitutes binge drinking?
Then people became more aware of the dangers of binge drinking, and the guidelines around binge drinking tightened up a little also. Now I found that I was falling into the binge drinking danger zone also. What the hell was going on?
Are you confused?
For those who are confused about the health guidelines around how much alcohol is safe to drink — don’t be! Despite any indication that drinking alcohol can have beneficial effects for our health — this is not true, and there is no health benefit from drinking. Unless you’re looking for excuses and justification, of course.
Alcohol is not good for the heart
There is no longer any perceived benefit from low level drinking every day. The misconception came about due to a flaw in the logic behind a scientific study that was completed many years ago. The science does not support the fact that there is any health benefit from drinking, even at low levels.
In fact, we need to be aware that it is not healthy to drink alcohol every day, and we really need to give the liver a rest for a couple of days each week. Neither is it healthy to consume too much alcohol at any one occasion, as this is damaging to the internal organs of the body.
What are the guidelines for daily drinking?
There are two specific angles that the guidelines around drinking alcohol have targeted. The guidelines for drinking recommend that we limit drinking to no more than two standard drinks each day. It is also recommended that we take a break from drinking for one or two days each week, to let the body recover.
What are the guidelines for binge drinking?
Furthermore, the guidelines specifically advise against drinking four or more standard drinks on any one occasion.
What happens if we drink too much alcohol?
The guidelines for daily drinking limits may seem severe, but the reason for this is that the problems caused by drinking too much alcohol are also very severe. There are hundreds of diseases and injuries that are commonly associated with drinking alcohol every day. The temptation to blame events other than drinking alcohol is no longer a valid excuse. Many of the so-called lifestyle diseases that we have come to accept as ‘inevitable for some’, are actually solely caused by drinking too much.
The trouble with myths around alcohol
Most people are culturally conditioned to accept the myths around alcohol. So much so that some lies and misconceptions seem to have become mistakenly welcomed as truths. This is more than likely as a consequence of the alcohol acting on the subconscious mind, and convincing us that it is okay to keep drinking. In fact, this is a risky decision that threatens our future health and lifestyle.
There is no health benefit from drinking!
This may come as bad news for those who believe it is okay to enjoy a glass or two of alcohol every day. It might also concern those who have enjoyed low level drinking over a long period of time. Generally speaking, if you are able to control your drinking levels to genuinely low levels then, good for you.
But what about those of us who struggle with moderation? Alcohol is an addictive chemical that changes the way we think, and for many people, as inhibitions reduce, the temptation to drink too much alcohol can be a real problem.
So do you keep within safe limits?
The problem with alcohol is that is a mind altering substance. Even if we are aware of the risks associated with drinking, it doesn’t take many drinks before we tend to overlook the risks and continue drinking. It is no longer a question of how much can we drink, but rather how can we stay out of danger.
So is binge drinking or daily drinking worse?
The answer to this question is no longer about the risks. It is simply important to know that both are harmful. What is worse is when we cross the line between daily drinking and binge drinking in a deadly combination that threatens our future health and welfare. If you are sick and tired of drinking too much, then maybe it is time to seek help to stop drinking.
There is no doubt that alcohol is harmful to our health. It is harmful to our liver, to our heart and circulatory system, and it is bad for our brain. Alcohol is poisonous, and toxic, and yet it is addictive and compels us to drink too much.
The evidence is everywhere
When we suffer from a hangover, this is evidence that alcohol is damaging our brain.
When we get sick from drinking too much, that is because our liver is suffering.
If we vomit, that is a sign that alcohol is toxic to our stomach. Our body is ejecting the poison, despite the fact that our brain is telling us to drink more.
Should we suffer stress and high blood pressure, alcohol is not some sort of medicine that can relieve our stress. The opposite is true. Alcohol just makes it worse.
Originally published at Love Being Alcohol Free.