Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Binge Drinking: No Decline Seen in This Dangerous Activity

Going green can be as simple as reducing one's intake of alcoholic drinks. The various manufacturers of liquor will be forced to find ways to sell their wares as alternatives fuels to offset the overuse of fossil fuels. Hennessy and JD are tasty treats in moderation but are often readily overused and abused for the sake of profits and investor ROI.

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By Susan Brady
Published: Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Family Health

Overintoxication, which includes binge drinking, is responsible for almost 80,000 deaths annually in the United States. Binge drinking can cause alcohol poisoning, result in car crashes, fetal alcohol syndrome, and numerous other alcohol-related health issues. But this message either isn’t clear, isn’t being heard, or is being completely ignored, because this bad habit is not being curtailed and statistics show that the annual binge drinking statistics haven’t changed in a very long time.

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Recently released data by the CDC found that binge drinking occurs more than 4 million times per day and that 66 percent of high school students reported that they had one or more binge drinking episodes in the past month. Fifteen percent of adults reported similar behavior. Binge drinking, which is defined as 5 or more alcoholic beverages for men and 4 or more alcoholic beverages for women consumed in a short period of time, is most common in white males, aged 18-34, with a household income of $75,000+.

At the University of Virginia, a tradition called “Fourth-year Fifth,” which has seniors drinking a fifth of hard liquor at the final game of the football season, has killed 18 students since 1990. The long-term risks of college drinking practices are just as sobering. As many as 300,000 of today’s students will eventually die of alcohol-related causes such as drunk driving accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, heart disease, and various cancers.

But alcohol misuse doesn’t just affect the individual drinker. Consider these statistics, among college students:

  • More than 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking. 
  • More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
  • 400,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 had unprotected sex and more than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex.

Much of alcoholic behavior begins at home. Parents need to be aware of their own behavior and the effect it has on their children, no matter the age. Parents should also monitor liquor consumption at home and counsel their children on the effects and consequences of alcohol.

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