Most college graduates lament about days or nights or both when they soaked their brains in alcohol, some with regret and others with a sense of nostalgia for the “good old days.”
Binge drinking is associated with many adverse health outcomes. Binge drinkers are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors and be involved in an assault or vehicular crash. They may also increase their risk for cancer and liver disease.
Binge drinking is the term for a pattern of alcohol use that produces drunkenness within a single two-hour drinking session. People who participate in this type of drinking do not necessarily have a physical dependence on alcohol; nevertheless, binge drinkers significantly increase their health risks in a variety of ways, even when their overall alcohol consumption is not any higher than people who space their drinking out over a larger span of time. In terms of heart disease and cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) health, binge drinking creates increased risks for serious and potentially fatal problems such as heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and a heart muscle weakness called alcoholic cardiomyopathy.
Energy drinks are a popular choice among youth and adults to get a boost during a long or challenging day. While relatively new to the market, their widespread use has quickly led to experimentation with the drinks, mixing them with alcohol or using them in combination with illegal drugs.
Before an evening of drinking with friends, some young adults engage in pre-drinking. They have some alcohol at home to get an early buzz, to save some money, or to guarantee they will get their alcohol fix in case they can’t get it when they go out because they are under-age. For most of these young adults, they will still drink as much as their friends when they do go out and it will lead to greater risks of becoming overly intoxicated.
We are currently living in a culture of binge drinking, according to a recent health article. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has recently released some alarming statistics for the demographics of binge drinking in the U.S.
The transition to college is filled with new experiences. Students are often granted a new level of independence far greater than what they were accustomed to at home. Meals with family are replaced by meals with peers in the dorm. New levels of stress are introduced that may challenge a student’s typical coping skills.
College is a transitional time filled with plenty of stress. Making good grades, deciding upon a future career, determining who you are apart from parental cues and, finding your own place in a new social structure are just some of the challenges faced by university students. A new study seems to indicate that one of the ways the college experience is made most enjoyable is through excessive drinking. The study’s findings were reported this month and are drawing criticism from several spheres.
People who have the most tattoos and body piercings are more likely to drink heavily, according to a new study from France
The problem with warnings about binge drinking is that so few people are able to define what constitutes binging. If you were to ask most people who drink, including those who drink heavily, what it means to binge drink, almost everyone would define it as something more than they themselves consume. Yet binge drinking carries very real health risks and more people are binge drinking than may be aware of.