A drinking spree can be costly on many levels
Many people enjoy a drink now and then. But for some people, it’s hard to leave it at that. One drink becomes another — and then another and another. That’s called binge drinking. And it’s a risky way to use alcohol. If it sounds familiar for you or someone you care about, here’s information to consider — and how to find help.
Q. Is binge drinking an illness?
A. It’s possible. Drinking more than you intended is one of the signs of an alcohol use disorder — even if you go days between binges. See “What to do next.”
Q. What problems can binge drinking cause?
A. Waking up the next day feeling miserable is just one consequence of drinking too much. If you overindulge, you may risk hurting yourself or others. For example, you may be more likely to:
- Have a serious injury, such as from a car crash or fall
- Behave inappropriately or make risky decisions — for instance, getting into fights or having unsafe sex
- Blackout — and forget what happened
- Be vulnerable to sexual assault and other violence
- Do damage to close relationships
- Land in serious legal trouble, such as from drunk driving