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How to Stop Binge Drinking?

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Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn is a leading industry addiction expert who runs the UK’s largest addiction advisory service and is regularly featured in the national press, radio and TV.

As we come up to Christmas, getting a hold on your binge drinking is more important than ever. This page contains helpful hints and tips to quit binge drinking, once and for all.
Alcoholism addiction can sneak up on you easily if you don’t keep your drinking in check. Binge drinking is a habit that almost every person in the UK has had experience with. Since alcohol is legal in Britain, many of us are exposed to it from a young age. Whether we see our parents drinking it, or whether we manage to get our hands on it when we are too young, alcohol is all around us. Our social and economic backgrounds influence how often we see it, but each of us does encounter alcohol in the course of our daily lives. Now, when it gets to times of the year like your birthday, your wedding, Christmas or New Year, alcohol is more freely available than ever. Many of us will spend the seasonal holidays drifting between relatives, paying visits and drinking more than we normally would. Although it seems harmless, keeping it up might lead to alcohol addiction. This is one of the many dangers of binge drinking. Let’s investigate statistics surrounding binge drinking and talk about the other dangers before we teach you how you can stop binge drinking altogether.

What is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking is when you drink until you are beyond drunk and do so on a regular basis. If you routinely go out on a Saturday night and drink until your friends have to carry you home, then you are a binge drinker. This type of drinking is dangerous at the time because it can lead to falls, slips, and poor life choices. It is dangerous for your liver and, if you keep doing it, you could end up addicted to alcohol. Here at Help4Addiction, we specialise in finding help with alcohol addiction for our clients. However, we are well aware that preventing alcoholism is better than curing it. When it comes to binge drinking, this primary rule is the same. If you feel yourself binge drinking every weekend, it is far harder to stop drinking at weekends because your brain and body expect it.  

Binge Drinking Statistics UK

Here in the UK, binge drinking affects an estimated 15% of all adults. That is to say that a study conducted on alcohol and alcoholism by Drink Aware, the alcoholism change charity, found that those binge drinking in the last week stood at 12% of all women and 19% of all men. A further study by Alcohol Change found that one quarter of all UK adults drank regularly, and that as many as 28% of all UK adults admit to binge drinking at least once in their lives. What harm does this all do? Every year, Britain loses upwards of 8,000 people to alcoholism. That number increases each year and is steadily closer to 10,000.

The Dangers of Binge Drinking

Binge drinking can lead to alcoholism if you keep it up long term. If you drink every Saturday, you will get used to it. It makes you feel good. You will require more and more of it to maintain that feeling. Before you know it, you are wondering why you only drink on a Saturday, so you take up binge drinking on a Friday night, too. As you can see, this starts a slippery descent into alcoholism.  Asides from alcohol withdrawal symptoms and a bad hangover, binge drinking is bad for your health in other ways. If you keep it up, you might:
  • Develop an irregular heartbeat
  • Develop an STD through risky behaviour
  • Accidentally injure or kill yourself through uninhibited behaviour
  • Affect your memory adversely 
  • Increase the likelihood of mental ill health
  • Develop alcohol poisoning and wake up in hospital

How to Stop Yourself Binge Drinking?

Try these helpful tips to stop binge drinking.

Keep an Alcoholic Drinks Journal

First things are first, you want to know how much you are drinking overall to find out how bad the problem really is. Using an alcohol drinks journal lets you keep track of the amount you drink per session. When you can look at the cold, hard facts, you cannot escape how much you drink. Counselling for alcoholism can help you take back control.

Cut down on Drinks

You can cut down on the number of drinks you have at a party by limiting what you take, leaving early, or drinking a non-alcohol version of your favourite booze.

Sit out on Rounds

If your friend group always run a kitty for drinks, everyone in that kitty is keeping up with the fastest drinker. This is a horrible way to add pressure to what should be a pleasurable night. Stay out of the kitty. You will drink less.

Use Our Alcohol Units Guide

Once you know how much you are drinking, you can assign the alcoholic units to each drink. You can use our online alcohol units guide to help you do this. Assign the unit amount and then add up the units for your weekly total. Remember, the UK government recommend no more than 14 units a week. If you regularly hit that 14 though, you may wish to consider an alcohol detox at home. If you use up all, more than, or most of your unit allowance in one night, that qualifies you as a binge drinker.

Seek Help 

You may not want to undergo a full rehab stay. Perhaps online therapy or online rehab courses would help you overcome a binge drinking habit. You might benefit from a one week stay in a rehab clinic, where you would learn about how to control your habit. Seeking help could be as small a thing as contacting the Help4Addiction team to talk about whether or not you have a problem. 

Where to get help to stop binge drinking in England?

Call 0203 955 7700 if you would like help with binge drinking and alcohol addiction. Our rehab selection service finds you the best options in alcohol detox and alcohol rehab clinics near you. We can refer you to a rehab that incorporates your hobbies and interests, therefore keeping you away from alcoholism in future. Binge drinking will take over your life if you let it. Trust Help4Addiction to help you fight back.

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