Binge drinking has become a serious issue that schools have had difficulty dealing with. A 2015 report by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, established that nearly 40% of college students age 18-22 reported they’d engaged in binge drinking in the past month, compared with less than 33% of students the same age who had not. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), students who consume five or more drinks, if male, and four or more drinks, if female, within a 2-hour time-frame, have engaged in binge drinking. Schools with strong Greek systems and athletic programs tend to have students who drink more than those at schools where fraternities, sororities and sports programs are not as prevalent.
More than nine out of every 10 drinks consumed by Americans under the age of 21 is during a binge, and college students are especially likely to drink alcohol in binges. Binge drinking can lead to accidental injuries, alcohol poisoning and, over time, problems such as liver disease. The first step to avoiding these consequences is telling yourself “I want to stop binge drinking,” but if you’re a millennial fresh out of college, how do you actually achieve your goal? Here are five key tips.
Binge drinking is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as having five or more drinks for men, and four or more drinks for women, within about a two-hour timeframe. In a 2015 report from the NIAAA, almost 27% of adults 18 and older said they had engaged in binge drinking within the past month. And another report in the same year, by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, established that nearly 40% of college students between the ages of 18 and 22 reported they’d engaged in binge drinking in the past month.
If you read up on binge drinking, what it is, the facts, the risks and the statistics, you might be surprised to learn that you binge drink more often than you realized. Does this mean you have a drinking problem? Does it make you an alcoholic? Do you need treatment and do you need to go to rehab? These are all valid questions that are important to consider. That you are thinking critically about your drinking habits is a great start.
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Underage and young drinkers most often binge when they drink and too often do so by playing dangerous games that can lead to alcohol poisoning and even death. If you have a teen or a college student, you need to be aware of the risky games that these young people are playing, both in the real world and online with social media. You also need to talk to your child about the dangers of playing these games. They can seem fun and harmless at first, but can quickly deteriorate into tragedy.
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Anyone who regularly consumes alcohol in excessive amounts can eventually develop moderate, severe or even life-threatening degrees of liver damage. Researchers are well aware that long-term heavy drinkers who also participate in the drunkenness-producing, short-term practice called binge drinking can substantially worsen the overall amount of liver damage they ultimately sustain. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal Hepatology International, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine explored the underlying reasons why binge drinking produces this additive effect. The researchers concluded that untreated binge drinking can actually lead to liver-damaging changes in the body’s DNA.