Teenage Binge Drinking: Consequences and Facts
Teenage binge drinking has become a major problem among teenagers and 90% of the alcohol consumed is in the form of binge drinking. This can cause alcohol poisoning and also elevates the blood alcohol concentration. The condition of alcohol poisoning occurs when large amounts of alcohol are consumed i.e. generally four drinks for women and five drinks for men. This condition may increase the risk of developing Osteoporosis as well as long lasting health hazards.
Consequences of binge drinking include:
More than 31% of the teenagers who died in car accidents had been drinking and more than 5000 deaths are linked to binge drinking. There are many health risks related with binge drinking. The short-term problems that occur due to binge drinking include:
- Alcohol Poisoning
- Coma and
- Sometimes Death may also occur
Long-term problems of binge drinking include:
- Liver problems
- Stomach ulcers
- Neurological damage
- Cardiovascular disease
- Weight problems and
- Sexual problems
- Alcohol mixed with other drugs or medications like Tylenol can increase the chances of developing health problems.
Facts about Alcohol Binging
Affects the Brain:
Binging on alcohol can lead to lack of coordination, slowed reflexes, poor judgment, memory lapses, distorted vision and black outs.
Too much intake of alcohol can depress the central nervous system, impair judgment and lower the inhibitions. It can also lead to consequences of having unprotected sex, and driving when you binge on alcohol.
Alcohol can damage the organs in the body as it is absorbed into the blood stream directly, thereby, increasing the risks of life-threatening diseases like cancer.
How to Stay in Control:
- Teenagers should always set some limits on drinking alcohol and should it make it a point to stick to them.
- They should avoid drinking too fast; try to sip the alcohol slowly instead of gulping all at once.
- Alcopops may not taste like alcohol but have the same effects like any other alcoholic drink.
- They should try and have one drink at a time and drink plenty of water while drinking alcohol.
- Avoid drinking alone and make sure to have at least two alcohol-free days in every week.
- Teenagers should booze responsibly and should be aware of the risks that alcohol can cause.