Binge drinking is often associated with young males, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one in eight women said they had drank heavily three times in the month before they were surveyed. Binge drinking obviously isn’t just something that men do. But for women, the consequences can be more severe even when the same amount of alcohol is consumed.
The first month or two at college can set the tone for a student’s success or lay the path to disaster. Freshmen who believe that fitting in at college equals heavy drinking often have their college career get off to a very bumpy start.
Mixing stimulants and depressants sounds dangerous even to the untrained mind, but one academic is using the prestigious British Medical Journal to criticize research that claims this danger is more than we realize.
From the time a person first enters adolescence up until their middle 20s, their brain undergoes an inconsistent pattern of formation and development. Understanding the way in which the teen brain develops can help gain insight into why teens behave as they do and what unique dangers they face if they choose to use substances like drugs or alcohol.
The perception that college is one big party with academic achievement as a footnote will be on the minds of parents as they send off their freshmen. Many students begin using alcohol during college, and many learn to drink to excess.
Just a couple of years ago the Federal Drug Administration banned the selling of premixed energy/alcohol beverages. The brand Four Loko became the poster child for the decision after receiving media attention, but there were numerous makers of caffeine and alcohol drinks who felt the pinch. Unfortunately, a government ban on the canned drinks hasn’t brought a halt to a dangerous habit on the part of young people.
Recent research has shown that over one-third of the pedestrians killed in 2011 had blood alcohol levels above the legal driving limit, which can be achieved after just a few drinks. There has been a significant increase in cases of “distracted walking” – this includes walking drunk and walking while using cell phones. From 2010 to 2011 there was a three percent jump in pedestrian fatalities.
Parents are often confused about their role in helping teens navigate decisions related to alcohol and drugs. For some, the right path is an adherence to strict rules for any type of substance use. For other parents, there’s a benefit in allowing alcohol to be consumed in moderation under a watchful parental eye. Experts say that the correct strategy may involve the best elements of each approach.
The craziness of youth may cost teens more than they bargain for, and for a longer time.
Each year parents bid adieu to their children as they send them away to college. It can be a nerve racking time for many reasons but none as sobering as the growing alcohol-related death toll that hangs like a dark cloud over campuses across America.