Health & Safety

April 19, 2012

Alcohol Awareness Month: Binge drinking

By Valencia R. Barnes
Employee Assistance Program Coordinator

Binge drinking is thought to be a fun activity, a way to relax after a putting in a week of hard work.  But it can also be dangerous, even deadly.  Drinking to get drunk is the sole purpose of binge drinking.  Binge drinkers consume large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time to lose control.  Drinking large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time can result in alcohol poisoning, blackouts, and extremely poor judgment.  Under the influence of alcohol people are more likely to do dangerous things such as: start fights, drive drunk, pass out, etc.  Having too much to drink can also put you at risk for sexual or physical assault.

Accidental alcohol poisoning was determined to be the cause of death for singer Amy Winehouse.  Be aware of the amount of alcohol you are drinking.  If you are a civilian or family member and you feel that you might have a drinking problem come see the Employee Assistance Program Coordinator at the Army Substance Abuse Program in Bldg. 573 or call 380-9092.  If you are a Soldier please come in to Bldg. 573 or call 380-4074.  For a free confidential alcohol screening, go to:  www.militarymentalhealth.org or alcoholscreening.org.  Remember a screening is just a tool, not an assessment.




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