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Black Men Binge Drinking
It is important to know that not all people who drink alcohol become alcoholics. Some people are genetically available to become alcoholic because of family history. And despite general older age levels of initial drinking by African Americans, drinking too much can be associated with poverty level.
Binge drinking is associated with many health problems, like unintentional injuries (e.g., car crashes, falls, burns, drowning), alcohol poisoning, liver disease, and STI’s.
Alcohol abuse harms one’s health, relationships, or ability to work. Results of alcohol abuse include:
- Failure to fulfill major responsibilities at work, school, or home.
- Drinking in dangerous situations, such as drinking while driving or operating machinery.
- Legal problems related to alcohol, such as being arrested for drinking while driving or for physically hurting someone while drunk.
- Continued drinking despite ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened by drinking.
- Long-term alcohol abuse can turn into alcohol dependence.
Dependency on alcohol, also known as alcohol addiction and alcoholism, is a chronic disease. The signs include:
- A strong craving for alcohol.
- Continued use despite repeated physical, psychological, or interpersonal problems.
- The inability to limit drinking.
Take this self-test for alcohol abuse if you think you might have a problem.
Helping a loved one with a alcohol problem can be hard. Take care of yourself and get the support you need and surround yourself with people you can talk honestly and openly with about what you’re going through. Caregivers need support too.
Consider joining Al-Anon, a free peer support group for families coping with alcoholism. Listening to others with the same challenges can be a tremendous source of comfort and support. You can also turn to trusted friends, a therapist, or people in your faith community.
Content for this article provided by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health.