Joon ki hong_binge_drinkingPresentation Transcript
By Joon Ki Hong
Binge Drinking: What is it?
Binge drinking meant drinking heavily in a few days. On the other hand, the term now refers to the heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time.
Mostly, in the United States of America, binge drinking is a consumption of five or more drinks in a row by men, or four or more drinks in a row by women. This has to happen at least once in the previous fortnight.
Why do People Binge Drink?
Liquor stores, bars and alcoholic beverage companies make drinking seem attractive and fun. That tricks the high school students(secondary students) to get caught up with drinking in a public scene with lots of peer pressure. For sure, one of the largest areas of peer pressure is drinking.
Other reasons = Curiosity, to feel good, to reduce stress and to feel older.
What are the Risks of Binge Drinking?
Many people, who drink, don’t think about the negative side of drinking. They might think about the chances of getting drunk. However, they seldom give much consideration to being hung-over or throwing up.
Drinking may lead to difficulty concentrating, memory lapses, mood changes and other small changes in daily routines. However, binge drink carries way more serious and perpetual risks as well.
Alcohol poisoning is the most life-threatening consequence of binge drinking. When someone drinks too much and gets alcohol poisoning, it affects the body’s involuntary reflexes, such and breathing and the gag reflex. If the gag reflex is not working correctly, a person can choke to death on his/her own vomit.
Moreover, extreme confusion, inability to be awakened, vomiting, seizures, slow or irregular breathing, low body temperature or bluish or pale skin might occur.
Binge drinking also impairs judgment, so drinkers have a better chance of taking risks they might not take when they are sober. They may drink and drive and injure or even kill themselves or others. Driving isn’t the only motor skill that’s impaired. Walking might become difficult too. In the year 2000, 33.3333% of pedestrians, 16 and older were killed in traffic because of intoxication.
Furthermore, people who are drunk might take other risks, such as unprotected sex(might get STD) or unplanned pregnancy.
Physical and Mental Health
Studies show that people who binge drink throughout high school(secondary school) are more likely be overweight and have high blood pressure by the time they are 24 years old. Only one regular beer contains about 150 calories, which adds up to a lot of calories if someone binge drinks.
Binge drinkers have a harder time in school and they’re likely to drop out. Drinking disturb the sleep patterns and friendship.
If you or a person that you know have a binge-drinking problem, get help as soon as possible. This can be done by talking to a trustworthy adult(s), doctor, school counsellor, clergy member, or other family members.
If someone is very drunk and is behaving very strangely, call 911.