How do you define binge drinking? Do you have a specific number of bottles, shots, or glasses in mind, or do you think it’s subjective and means “so much that you get sick and pass out”? Well, you can certainly have your own definition, but for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking means drinking enough to reach the blood alcohol level of .08, which is usually reached after the 4th or 5th drink in 2 hours.
Aside from feeling the effects of intoxication, the high blood alcohol levels can also wreak havoc on your immunity. In a study by the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, it was revealed that binge drinking weakens the immunity of healthy young adults.
The above comes as efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri have not quite generated the right amount of consensus. Bills recently filed by Reps. Chris Kelly and the late Rory Ellinger did not make it past the House floor and the state partly relaxed its tough possession regulations by making possession of less than ten grams of cannabis a Class D misdemeanor with associated fine. If you feel a loved one’s marijuana addiction has already crossed the line, arrange for drug rehab in St. Louis through facilities such as the Midwest Institute for Addiction.
Many substance dependents do, in fact, go across the country to get treated for their addiction problems, having realized that staying in their neighborhood will only end in unsuccessful attempts to clean up. Some opt to check in at inpatient treatment facility, like a St. Louis rehabilitation center, raising patients’ chances for success at detoxifying and starting over a new life. Here, they will have to follow strict house rules and participate in group or private sessions.