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Binge Drinking Cycles/Stress

02 May 2016 Written by 

Stress Response And Reward Are Linked In A Loop When Binge Drinking

From Medical News Today By Yvette Brazier: Binge drinking could be curbed by switching off a circuit between two brain regions that control the most prevalent type of excessive drinking in the United States. The findings, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, could lead to future therapies that will help people break the habit.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines binge drinking as "a pattern of drinking that brings a person's blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 grams percent or above."

In an adult, this is typically equivalent to five or more drinks for men, or four or more drinks for women, within the space of 2 hours, but people with a lower body weight will reach this level earlier.

Moderate drinking, on the other hand, is defined as up to one drink per day for women and two for men, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that around 1 in 6 adults binge drink about four times each month, and 70 percent of binge drinking is done by people over 25 years of age, with over-65s indulging more frequently.

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