Wine Confessional: I’m a Binge Drinker
I think I'm also a binge candy eater. It's also likely that I'm a binge golfer, but I can't find any support groups or studies to confirm these latter two problems.
Binge drinking is, according to the Center for Desease Control: "a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above. This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks, and when women consume 4 or more drinks, in about 2 hours."
Now although I binge drink probably only 2 or 3 times per year, it usually occurs around a dinner table with other binge drinkers who, like me, find themselves giddy at the prospect of binging through the usually 8 or 9 bottles of really interesting wines on the binge drinking table that were brought to the table for an evening of food and wine indulging.
This doesn't happen often (as I said, 2 or 3 times per year), but were I a part of the various surveys that went into any of the studies that make up this new report on the phenomenon, I would certainly help bump up the stats of binge drinkers.
The question is should I care that I binge drink occasionally? While I recognize the dangers of over consumption and particularly of trying to drive a car or make a speech while in the course of binge drinking, I can't bring my self to care that I probably have been a binge drinker. It's one of the many things I don't care about.
In addition to learning from this new study that I qualify as an occasional binge drinker, I also learned this:
"Women are catching up to men when it comes to how much and how often they drink alcohol. As a result, they are increasingly at risk for developing alcohol problems. What's more, men and women who were born after World War II are more likely to binge drink and develop alcohol-related disorders."
The researchers conclude that after World War II, women began to enter the workforce in large numbers and eventually began to enter professions traditionally held by men. This entrance into the work force by women began to cause them more stress and, like men, more often addressed this stress by drinking more alcohol.
It appears the risk of alcohol abuse is one of the by products of equality among the sexes.
Interestingly, my own occasional binge drinking has nothing to do with stress. It has more to do with the fact that unless I binge drink on these few occasions, I won't be able to empty my glass in time to get my hands on the 1995 Bordeaux, 1989 White Burgundy or 2005 Spottswoode being horded by my friends at the far end of the table. And I'm not about to waste the wine in my glass. So down the gullet it does as I demand a passing down of that White Burgundy.
I'm not making light of the binge drinking issue (at least not a lot of light). Is just that I'm always interested in what categories I tend to fall into.