Binge drinking in today’s society is becoming more prevalent now than ever before. Youth are becoming dependent on alcohol by trying to use it as a coping mechanism. Alcohol misuse in these ways can quickly turn into a dependency; and at such young ages many negative effects can arise from this.
According to the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture, adults of legal drinking age can choose not to drink or to drink in moderation by limiting intake to 2 drinks or less in a day for men and 1 drink or less in a day for women, when alcohol is consumed. Drinking less is better for health than drinking more.
NIAAA defines heavy drinking as follows:
Binge drinking and heavy alcohol use can increase an individual’s risk of alcohol use disorder.
The human brain is in its prime years of development until about the age of 25; so, when youth are binge drinking it is stunting their development in more ways than one. As parents and guardians, being aware of underage drinking, and stopping it, is imperative so children can reach physical and mental maturity in a safe way. For more information on how to prevent underage alcohol misuse, please visit https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/alcohol.