When your best friend Jane is found on the bathroom floor sitting in her puke, do you think she had too much alcohol? According to a recent government survey, “2 out of 3 high school students who drink alcohol are binge drinking.” (Kid’s Health) The data collected also confirmed that 90% of the alcohol consumed by high school students is done during the course of binge drinking. Obviously, there is a big problem here, especially when high school students get caught up in the social scene with a lot of peer pressure.
Younger students are becoming exposed to alcohol each year. Alcohol is now the drug of choice among teens, and it’s only a matter of time before the binging begins. Many binging experiences happen at parties and is defined as having had five or more drinks in a couple of hours for men and teens, and four or more for women, at least once within 30 days. But there is more than one weekend with 30 days, so students aren’t just drinking once a month. The average binge drinker consumes much more alcohol than presented.
Binge drinking can lead to vomiting and also blacking out. While Jane is passed out on the bathroom floor in her puke, someone decided to draw on her face and arms in permanent marker, photograph the “art work” then upload the picture on a social network for everyone to see. Besides humiliating yourself, binge drinking can lead to other, more serious problems as well. The problems include: driving while drunk, hangovers, risky sexual behaviors, headaches, nausea, shakes, overdose, assaults, unplanned pregnancy, damaged or lost phone, losing your job, getting kicked out of school, memory loss and so many more.
Despite the fact that all these things are happening, students do not stop binge drinking. Teens don’t care about their health. They are more concerned about having a good time, feeling older, fitting in with the cool crowds and feel that it will relieve their stress. But how do we get this problem to stop? It’s overwhelming to think that a lot of parents do not know that their child might have a drinking problem because the teen denies the problem is present. What should we do then? So spread the word and help a friend put down that beer!
By: Katelin Fields