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Binge Drinking

A serious problem facing the nation's youth of today is binge drinking; although not entirely specific to college age men and women, binge drinking is a devastating issue across most campuses nationwide. Binge drinking is defined as drinking 5 or more drinks in one time frame. Using this definition, a recent study showed that 40 percent of male college students and 31 percent of female college students reported binge drinking within 2 weeks of the survey. Some argue that female usage is actually higher, because they believe the criteria for female binge drinking should be lessened. And upon some college campuses, binge drinking was reported as high as 70 percent of the student body.

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Some may argue that binge drinking is simply a "right of passage", especially among fraternity and sorority members, however the facts show it is a serious matter instead. Binge drinking is even more prevalent with members of the Greek system and student athletes then other students. Race also is a factor, with White students having the most incidences of binge drinking at 43.8 percent, followed by Native American at 40.6 percent, Hispanic at 31.3 percent, Asian at 22.7 percent, and Black at 22.5 percent. Another factor is age, with students under the age of 21 showing a higher amount of binge drinking than students older than 21.

Students who consume large quantities of alcohol often face serious consequences related to their binge drinking. They are more likely to be the cause of property damage, have problems with local authorities, perform poorly in school, miss classes, experience injuries, be sexually assaulted, engage in risky sexual activity, and contract a sexually transmitted disease than students who did not drink heavily. In fact, 67 percent of male sexual aggressors and 50 percent of their victims had been drinking at the time of sexual assault or attack.

Additional factors associated with binge drinking are varied; heredity, perception of peer's alcohol consumption, personal perception of drinking, high school history of binge drinking, affiliations, and peer's alcohol usage are all contributing factors to the likelihood of heavy alcohol abuse.

Binge drinking is concerning not just for the potential harm to the drinker, but also the potential harm to people who are around the drinker. Deadly car crashes, late night interruptions, physical and sexual assaults are just some of the ways a person who has been consuming large amounts of alcohol can affect others.

Binge drinking is a form of alcoholism, however a person who drinks heavily may not think they have a problem. At times, intervention may become necessary. Other times, a client willingly agrees that a treatment center may be the best option. At Treatment Referral, we provide quality referrals to accredited treatment centers throughout the US. For more information on binge drinking and alcoholism, or for treatment information for you or a loved one, please contact Treatment Referral today.


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