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Binge Drinking: Out of Control?

According to a new Canadian study, binge drinking is becoming alarmingly commonplace — especially among younger adults.

Researchers and physicians have learned that binge drinking has associated adverse health risks and is far from benign.

The issue is discussed in a current editorial in Canadian Medical Association Journal where experts call for a better job of controlling overall alcohol usage.

“Given the many stakeholders involved in the sale and consumption of alcohol, we need a national strategy for controlling overall alcohol use,” write the authors of the editorial.

“Public health agencies, the hospitality industry, liquor manufacturers and control boards, municipalities and major granting agencies should collectively turn their attention to evaluate strategies to curb binge drinking.”

“As we await evidence about beneficial interventions, we should strengthen surveillance programs so we can increase public awareness of the high prevalence and known dangers of heavy and binge drinking.”

Communication and discussion with children and youth about the dangers of intoxication such as rape, violence and risk of death is important as is good role modeling about responsible consumption, according to the authors.

Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal

Binge Drinking: Out of Control?

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Binge Drinking: Out of Control?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 17, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2011/01/18/binge-drinking-out-of-control/22728.html

 

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