Beach House Treatment Center In the Press-Hello Giggles
A year ago, right after my 21st birthday party, my mom told me that she thought I might have a drinking problem. “I want you to be careful because it seems like most of your social life is focused around drinking,” she explained. During the party, my friends had given speeches and shared stories of me getting drunk.
At the time, I thought my mother was overreacting because getting drunk is so normal in my social circles. I never drank alone and sometimes went weeks without drinking, so I believed I was far off from having a problem. But I was actually binge drinking.
Studies done in the United States and Canada found that four out of ten young adultsaged 18 to 24 are frequent binge drinkers. Unlike having an occasional drink, binge drinking poses more risks, including higher blood pressure, which increases the possibility of hypertension and related diseases. “Binge drinking also places you at more risk for increased mental health concerns, physical injuries, and your physical safety,” explains Dr. Emily Eckstein, a licensed therapist and the Director of Clinical Services at Beach House Treatment Centers in Malibu.