10 Facts About Binge Drinking

binge drinkingToday on Rethink the Drink, we want to inform you about the dangerous effects of binge drinking. As you can see to the left, binge drinking is defined as having 4 or more drinks in one sitting (for women) and 5 or more drinks in one sitting (for men). Binge drinking is common among minors and adults alike. Many people unintentionally binge drink when they are “having a good time” and keep imbibing well past the level of health and safety. Below, you’ll find 10 facts about binge drinking. We hope that the next time you have the opportunity to drink, you’ll be wise and make a smarter choice. You can do it! Rethink the drink!

1) Binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning (a sometimes fatal health condition that results from drinking too much in a short time).

2) Binge drinking can lead to minor and major accidental injuries from falls, burns, vehicle crashes, and more. 

3) Binge drinking can lead to violence in social situations when people lose their inhibitions and get into altercations. 

4) Binge drinking can lead to unintended sexual consequences such as rape, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted disease. 

5) Frequent binge drinking can lead to liver disease, high blood pressure, strokes, and other health problems. 

6) Though anyone can fall into the trap of binge drinking, it is most common among young people aged 18-22. 

7) 35% of college students admit to binge drinking (according to a study conducted by University of Michigan). 

8) Binge drinking is not the same as alcohol dependence. Many people who engage in binge drinking do so “for fun”, but do not realize the dangerous consequences. 

9) Males are twice as likely to engage in binge drinking. 

10) Alcohol is the third leading cause of death in the 15-24 age group. 

As you can see from the facts listed above, you can see the disastrous consequences of binge drinking. Avoid these scary situations and protect yourself. Rethink the drink.



>> http://www.the-alcoholism-guide.org/binge-drinking-statistics.html

>> http://responsibility.org/binge-drinking/statistics

>> http://www.learn-about-alcoholism.com/binge-drinking-statistics.html

>> http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm


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Health Spotlight: Alcohol Poisoning

What exactly is alcohol poisoning? Why is it a big deal? Today’s Health Spotlight is going to shed some light on this subject.

Alcohol Poisoning // A serious and sometimes deadly consequence of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. Breathing, heart rate, body temperature, and the body’s gag reflex can all be affected which can lead to coma or death.

Because alcohol depresses many of the body’s natural processes, it can cause breathing to slow down. Alcohol can irritate the stomach, causing the drinker to vomit. If too much alcohol has been consumed and breathing and gag reflex are hindered, the person can aspirate on their own vomit, causing them to choke and die.

When a person is suffering from alcohol poisoning, the BAC (blood alcohol content) is toxic and poisonous to the body. The drinker’s liver cannot properly process all the alcohol being consumed (due to the large amount in such a short period of time), so the extra ends up traveling through the drinker’s blood stream, causing the negative bodily effects outlined above.

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning //

1. Confusion

2. Hypothermia (the drinker’s body temperature drops rapidly)

3. Pale, bluish skin

4. Drinker is unresponsive, but conscious

5. Drinker passes out

6. Very slow breathing

7 Vomiting

Extreme Signs //

8. Heart attack

9. Aspiration of vomit

10. Seizures (due to rapidly dropping blood glucose levels)

11. Breathing may stop altogether

12. Extreme dehydration

As you can tell from these signs, alcohol poisoning is nothing to play around with and it can be hard to tell if a drinker is merely drunk or is suffering from early stages of alcohol poisoning.

If you suspect that one of your friends is suffering from any of these symptoms, immediately call for emergency medical help and have them taken to the hospital. Alcohol poisoning CAN and DOES lead to death in most cases if left untreated.

Helpful Sources // Mayo Clinic / Medical News Today /

Alcohol Misuse Carries a Heavy Cost

When teens and others are abusing alcohol, they rarely think of the financial costs associated with it. Not only can repeated alcohol purchases put a dent in any wallet, the health effects of alcohol can take a toll on family finances and state-wide budgets. A recent CDC study reported that alcohol-related health problems costs the U.S. $223.5 billion a year! Certain states had greater financial costs than others.

What are some non-financial costs that alcohol can create? Share your knowledge with us in the comments section!