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.
The problems associated with binge drinking are more costly than originally thought. Excessive drinking of alcohol in a short time period in order to get drunk is considered binge drinking. This can be a dangerous practice, especially for young people, and often leads to hospitalization.
Knowing that certain things are linked is not the same as understanding how or why they are so. For example, it has been well-established that drinking alcohol has a direct bearing on the prevalence of unsafe sexual behavior. It is also known that unsafe or unprotected sex is a leading cause of HIV/AIDS.
College students on their own for the first time often experiment with alcohol, with many experimentations involving binge drinking. While the federal drinking age is 21, students under the age of 21 are often served alcohol at private, off-campus parties.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been arguing with Phusion Projects, the makers of the malt beverage named Four Loko, over the claim of false advertising for their beverage known as “blackout in a can.” Phusion Projects claims one of their malt beverages in a can is equal to one or maybe two beers while the FTC argues its closer to four or five, which is the equivalent of binge drinking.
Binge drinking is becoming more and more of a problem in the US. Although originally linked to the excessive amount of drinking that occurs on college campuses, more and more research has revealed that adults also binge drink (over seventy percent of binge drinking episodes occurred in people over the age of 26). Almost three-quarters of all alcohol consumed by US adults is consumed in the “binge” fashion. In fact, binge drinking among adult women is emerging as a major issue in women’s health today.
Many colleges are seeing a rise in the number of students consuming high amounts of alcohol. The large amount of alcohol consumed by these students can result in blackouts causing them to have memory loss. These blackouts leave the student unable to remember certain events pertaining to situations involving their excessive drinking, according to the online report by Injury Prevention.
Much has been studied and said on the effects of alcohol’s connection to risky behaviors, but new research suggests that alcohol over-indulgence may be putting young people at risk for brain damage. Recent research has been focused on how binge drinking, more than four consecutive drinks for a woman and more than five for a man, damages key areas of the brain.
Researchers have been investigating the effects of binge drinking on young adults for quite some time. Studies show that young minds may be more susceptible to damage caused by excessive drinking, especially binge drinking. This is because the adolescent brain is still changing and developing and new nerve connections are still being formed.
Students who binge drink are at risk of serious injuries, health problems and developing an alcohol addiction, but they’re also harming their ability to learn and remember, says a recent study.