This activity is popular among young people from the ages of 15 to 25. Studies have shown that it’s also gaining popularity in kids as young as 12. Binge parties are a common occurrence on campuses at universities and colleges across the country. While recreational drug use may be declining, binge drinking is on the rise.
Every year college students die as a result of this activity. No matter what age the person is, if they partake in binge drinking, they put themselves at a higher risk of death or injuries from car accidents, falls and drowning because of their reduced coordination.
Other areas of concern following this kind of activity are:
- Sexual assault
- Pregnancy or STDs as a result of unprotected sexual encounters.
Alcohol poisoning, or alcohol overdose, is another vital reason that binge drinking should be avoided at all costs. Since alcohol is a central-nervous-system depressant, it is fatally toxic at high levels. If blood alcohol levels climb too rapidly, the body’s natural reflex is to get rid of the poison by vomiting. Bodily functions, such as breathing, heart rate, brain function and gag reflexes can shut down as a result of drinking an excessive amount of alcohol too quickly. As a result, the binge drinker can choke on his or her own vomit; go into cardiac arrest or a coma. Alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency and needs immediate action in order to save a person’s life.
Monitor your teenager’s activities. Do whatever you can to help them avoid being at a gathering or party where binge drinking may be a factor. And by all means, never allow your teen to host a party in your home where alcohol is being served. Inform your child of the dangers before it’s too late.