Enjoying a Binge Free Holiday Season

Many people binge drink as they partake in holiday celebrations.  This activity has proven to be dangerous.  According to the CDC, “binge drinkers are 14 times more likely to report alcohol-impaired driving than non-binge drinkers.”

As defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), binge drinking is “a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 gram percent or above. For the typical adult, this pattern corresponds to consuming 5 or more drinks (male), or 4 or more drinks (female), in about 2 hours.”

Binge drinking can be avoided by limiting alcohol consumption – spacing alcoholic drinks at least 1.5 hours apart, alternating alcohol and non-alcohol drinks, or choosing not to drink alcohol.  If a person chooses to drink alcohol he or she should be cautious by traveling via taxi or riding with a designated driver that has not consumed ANY alcohol.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/BingeDrinking/index.html

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