We hear the words ‘binge drinking’ quite regularly; however do we really know what it is? Binge drinking means different things to different people, but overall it refers to drinking too much alcohol on a single occasion or consuming more than the recommended level of alcohol intake for adults. RSA staff at licenced venues are trained to be able to identify the signs of excessive alcohol consumption and ensure that patrons stay within the healthy consumption level.
Excessive alcohol consumption is one of the major causes of injury and death among youth in Australia. This is as when you drink in excess, you are putting yourself and others at risk. And this is as when you are drunk, you are more likely to do things that are out of character or make decisions that you otherwise would not have made if you were not intoxicated. The most common risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption can result in a range of physical injuries, social and long-term health issues.
If you binge drink and misuse alcohol, you are most likely to experience a number of physical effects:
- Memory loss or time lapse
- Injury to yourself
- Slurred speech
- Impaired speech
- Impaired judgement
Drinking more than the recommended alcohol consumption of four (4) standard drinks in one sitting for adults can have short and long-term consequences. So next time you are drinking, consider the amount that you are consuming and the consequences that are associated with binge drinking, and as whether it is worth it.