FC: Binge Drinking | Binge Drinking Causes Anxiety and Depression. Date Unknown. Author Unknown. http://howistoppeddrinking.org
1: Binge drinking is the act of consuming alcoholic beverages with the primary intention of becoming intoxicated. For a man binge drinking is considered 5 drinks in a row and for a woman it is 4 drinks in a row. Bing drinking is becoming a huge public health history, especially among college aged students. A binge on alcohol can lasts for a few hours or even a few days. Binge drinking is becoming more and more common as drinking has become a social event among peers. Heavy regular binge drinkers are associated with serious adverse health effects, which many people who binge drink are unaware of or think it won't happen to them. The younger a person starts drinking the more likely they are to become a binge drinker and even become an alcoholic as they grow older. | Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms. April 2, 2012. Author Unknown. http://withdrawalsymptomsguide.com
2: Binge Drinking in Adolescents and College Aged Students. October19, 2009. Author Unknown. http://letsfightalcholism.wordpress.com
3: Binge Drinking has been associated with an increased risk of unplanned sex, unprotected sex, unplanned pregnancies, and an increased risk of HIV infection. Statistics show that college aged binge drinkers are 19 times more likely to develop alcoholism. Binge drinkers in college are likely to suffer academically as shown by this picture a typical person who consumes on average about 10.6 drinks per week have a D/F grade point average. Being involved in certain social groups in college can have an influence on a young adults decision to engage in binge drinking. Students exposed or involved in the Greek system are more likely to engage in heavy drinking as well as college athletes. Many of these young adults are trying to fit in with their peers and failing to the social pressure to drink with their friends.
4: Best of...(College Special Scene) How Binge Drinking is Impacting Your Body. October, 8 2010. Erin McClary. http://universitychich.com/best_of_the_facts_about_binge_drinking
5: Heavy binge drinkers tend to have delayed auditory and verbal memory and struggle with executive planning function and episodic memory. Impulse control is impaired in binge drinkers, especially in female drinkers. Studies have shown that adolescents that regularly engage in binge drinking have lasting cognitive impairments. Binge drinking is also associated with strokes and sudden death. The withdrawal phase after a binge drinking episode is highly linked to strokes. Binge drinking by those considered "light drinkers" is associated with a higher risk of death. Binge drinking is also associated with unintentional injuries (car crashes, falls, burns, drowning, etc.), intentional injuries (firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence, alcohol poisoning, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, children born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, high blood pressure, liver disease, neurological damage, and poor control of diabetes. Heavy binge drinking can also lead to metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of metabolic risk factors that increase the chance of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
6: We'll say it again. If you're trying to curb binge drinking, use social norms. Date Unknown. Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. http://nudges.org
7: Risk factors for binge drinkers include low socioeconomic status, large amount of disposable (pocket) money, sensation/novelty seeking, low self-control, delinquency, and having delinquent friends. In addition to using alcohol as a coping strategy for emotional problems, excessive drinking among peers, poor relationship with parents, genetic conditions combined with a background of negative environmental factors increase the harmful use of alcohol. Many binge drinkers experience what is known as "black-out", which is a form of amnesia. During black-outs many people do things they would never consider doing had they been sober.
8: Stop Binge Drinking. Date Unknown. Author Unknown. http://www.selfhelprecordings.com
9: Of the four different social perspectives, binge drinking takes more of a functionalist approach. This social problem emerges from the structure and beliefs of society. It is not something that can be changed necessarily at the individual level (although it takes an individual to make a stand against drinking) it takes the society as a whole to step and confront binge drinking as much of it is a social game. One can look at binge drinking as a dysfunctions, where there are many negative consequences but also positive consequences for those manufacturing alcohol and those who own clubs/bars. These particular places look for those who are going to consume alcohol on a regular basis. To prevent binge drinking one approach could be to increase the alcoholic beverage costs and tax. This would prevent people, especially young adults from being able to purchase large amount of alcohol. Also, limiting the number of retail alcohol outlets that sell alcoholic beverages in a given area would have the same effect. To prevent binge drinking in adolescents there needs to be a stricter enforcement of laws against underage drinking and those providing alcohol for underage drinkers. Another way to combat binge drinking is to raise the legal age of being able to consume alcohol as well as a screening brief by health care providers. Another way to prevent binge drinking is to promote awareness of the dangers of binge drinking. College campuses can provide information about the dangers along with high school classes promoting awareness.