Is Binge Drinking Only a Problem for College Students?

Binge drinking is the heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time. In this case, “heavy” means five or more drinks for a male and four or more drinks for a female in a short period of time, i.e. a couple hours. It is terribly dangerous and the consequences can be life-threatening. These consequences do not just affect the user, but they put the entire public at risk.

Why Is Binge Drinking a Problem among College Students?

It is no secret that alcohol abuse is a huge problem across college campuses. A number of contributing factors make binge drinking a recurrent activity for college students, including the following problems:

  • Peer pressure. Wanting to fit in with other kids, make new friends or be accepted.>
  • Drinking is glamorized. The media has long-portrayed drinking as cool or attractive. With movies, television and music are filled with young-adult drinking and partying, it almost seems like college and teenage drinking is expected.
  • The expectations of drinking are high. College students associate drinking with having a good time. Spring break, mixers, parties and other social events usually center on alcohol.
  • With classes, studying and work it is difficult to maintain a social life during the week, which is why college students tend to binge when they do have time to socialize. Binge drinking is also a common way for students to relieve stress and pressure.
  • Appearance concerns. To cut calories, many will avoid eating to save calories for alcohol and then binge. By binge drinking, many females can achieve a buzz or drunk and then get rid of the calories by purging.

For these reasons, many college students binge drink and risk dangerous problems.

Who Is Binge Drinking and Why?

While college students make up a large percentage of the binge drinking population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the following statistics:

  • 70 percent of binge drinking episodes involve adults aged 26 and older
  • The age group who binge drinks the most frequently is the over 65 group

Binge drinking is a problem that affects people of all ages. Teens, college students, parents and grandparents: everyone is susceptible to binge drinking. The same issues that cause college students to binge drink also affect others. Stress, work, peer pressure, wanting to have a good time or be accepted are issues that affect people of all ages or occupations.

What Are the Dangers of Binge Drinking?

Potential effects of binge drinking include the following:

  • Dropping out or failing out of school, job termination
  • Losing things, disorganization, neglecting responsibilities
  • Fighting, damaging relationships, losing your family
  • Behaving recklessly, making regrettable mistakes
  • Experiencing alcohol poisoning, overdose or death
  • Experiencing intentional injuries (car accidents, falls, burns)
  • Inflicting intentional injuries such as self-harm, assault or domestic violence)
  • Dealing with STDs, unplanned pregnancy, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  • Developing alcoholism
  • Developing health issues such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, liver disease, brain damage or sexual dysfunction

These problems can affect anyone with a drinking problem, so get help today.

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