College students drink. Sometimes they drink a lot, and sometimes that excessive drinking leads to tragedy.
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.
Alcoholism is the common term for alcohol addiction. People with this disorder have a physical dependence on alcohol, as well as ongoing alcohol cravings; they also arrange their lives around satisfying those cravings, even when this arrangement results in serious harm to health, relationships, work prospects and social or legal standing. Alcohol is poisonous to humans, and when it builds up in the body it can cause severe damage in a wide variety of organ systems. As a consequence of alcohol’s toxic effect on heart function, alcoholics can eventually develop a serious medical condition called alcoholic cardiomyopathy; if this condition worsens, it can lead to a potentially fatal condition called heart failure.
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.
Energy drinks are extremely popular. They’ve become the beverage of choice for a variety of individuals, including busy teenagers and on-the-go parents. Considering our busy lifestyles, it’s little wonder why.
Young people, in particular, seem to be latching onto a new, related trend: mixing alcohol with energy drinks. More than 25% of college drinkers have mixed alcohol with energy-laden beverages, according to researchers at the University of Florida . However, experts are learning that, for those who abuse alcohol or struggle with alcoholism, the combination of energy drinks and alcoholic beverages can have serious – and even deadly – consequences.
Economics, psychology, alcohol poisoning awareness: Experts and universities nationwide are urging for stronger informational campaigns geared toward their students. The efforts come as numbers related to binge drinking at higher educational institutions continue to climb, as well as recent incidents like one at Rice University, where at least ten young adults ended up hospitalized from alcohol poisoning.
The United States suicide rate is escalating and is especially high among young Americans and military personnel. Health officials currently are organizing a program to spearhead the problem. They are relying on Facebook and several private organizations, according to a recent health article.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), eight percent of younger teens and 30 percent of older teens engage in binge drinking in the course of one month’s time. In fact, nearly 15 percent of teens who participate in underage drinking drink excessively enough to qualify as binge drinkers. Government statistics tell us that 33 percent of 12th graders and over 40 percent of university students report binge drinking in the last 14 days.
A Florida family recently filed suit against Phusion Projects, makers of the alcoholic energy beverage Four Loko, for wrongful death in connection with the death of their son.
You should know better. Actually, you do know better, but somewhere between when you started partying with your pals and where you wind up at the end of the night, all of what you knew – or thought you knew – about mixing alcohol and substances went right down the drain with the ice cubes. Talk about a rude awakening. The trouble is this kind of risky behavior can have a deadly result. It’s time to listen up. There are lethal combos out there and mixing these substances can kill.