Mercy's Dr. Christine O'Connor Discusses Dangers Of Binge Drinking Among Young Women
Mercy’s Dr. Christine O’Connor is interviewed by WBAL-TV11 “Woman’s Doctor” regarding binge drinking
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,binge drinking by millions of American women is a seriously under-recognized problem and that those occasions of drinking too much are putting them at risk for many potential problems.
Dr. Christine O'Connor of The Gynecology Center at Mercy notes that binge drinking, which is consuming four or more drinks on any one occasion, can create a dangerous situation.
"Either unsafe sex or potentially even becoming the victim of unwanted sexual advances, and then other things: Making poor decisions in general, as far as safety concerns, like maybe getting in a car with someone else that might be impaired when you normally wouldn't," Dr. O'Connor said.
About 38 million Americans -- one in six adults -- binge drink about four times a month, and most binge drinkers are between the ages of 18 and 34. Resources are available through physicians and colleges to help binge drinkers, but common sense works, too.
"Being able to sit this round out, so to speak, or maybe other things like instead of making all your beverages alcoholic beverages during a social event, alternating alcoholic and non-alcoholic, so you're not as likely to reach that mark," Dr. O'Connor suggested.
Most binge drinkers are not alcoholics, but more physicians are screening patients for binge drinking and advising them about how to drink less.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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