Students in today’s schools are faced with some tough choices; they want good grades, they want to know which student club is the best to join, and they want to be popular. Succumbing to peer-pressure involving alcohol is commonplace in schools and can be very dangerous for teenagers.
Binge drinking is considered drinking 5 or more alcoholic drinks on one occasion or night. This is a serious issue among high school students as around 1/3 have admitted to binge drinking in the last two weeks. Not only is this an illegal practice, as the drinking age in the U.S. is 21, but also a dangerous one. Binge drinking damages not only your brain but it is also shown to have adverse effects on the stomach, liver and kidneys. Students’ bodies are still developing throughout high school so this can have many long term effects to growth and development.
Alcohol damages the body and it also has some other side effects that often aren’t considered. Dulling of the skin, sleep loss, embarrassing moments, and memory loss! Don’t forget about weight gain too. A typical shot (1 fluid oz.) of alcohol contains around 100-200 calories. Consuming alcohol like that during a binge will really add up. One of the most serious effects of binge drinking can be alcohol poisoning which if not dealt with properly and with medical attention, can cause death.
Alcohol poisoning symptoms from Mayo Clinic.
- Confusion, stupor
- Slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
- Irregular breathing (a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths)
- Blue-tinged skin or pale skin
- Low body temperature (hypothermia)
- Unconsciousness ("passing out"), and can't be roused
You must educate your kids about alcohol and binge drinking. The lack of education can cause many dreadful things to happen. Tell your children easy ways to say no to drugs and how to stray from peer-pressure. High school is tough these days, and a simple daily talk may just do the trick.
Stats on binge drinking:
“Binge drinking is a serious issue, almost 70,000 people died each year from 2001-2005 according to the CDC.”
“More teens are killed by alcohol than by all illegal drugs combined.”
“About 5,000 people under the age of 21 die each year as a result of underage drinking, 1,900 of those deaths are from auto accidents.”
“There are about 10.8 million underage drinkers in the United States.”
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