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Binge Drinking

English 106 Final Project

Kara Holtzclaw

on 26 April 2010

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BINGE DRINKING: A DANGER TO ALL it could happen to you... Sam spady colorado state university honors student
died by consuming 30-40 alcoholic beverages within 11 hours
found dead in a fraternty after being left alone by friends gary devercelly 18 year old ryder university student
died from alcohol induced cardiac arrest
consumed 3/4 bottle of vodka in 15 minutes byung soo kim university of michigan student
consumed 20 shots of scotch in 10 minutes on 21st birthday
blood alcohol content was 4 times llegal driving limit jesse drews died from taking 21 shots on his 21st birthday in one hour
parents checked on him throughout the night but were too late what is binge drinking? according to the cdc, binge drinking is a common pattern of excessive alcohol use in the united States. the national institute of alcohol abuse and alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (bac) to 0.08 grams percent or above. this typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks, and when women consume 4 or more drinks, in about 2 hours why do we do it? afer asking various purdue university students, these were the main reasons for binge drinking regularly: 1. to get drunk
2. to have fun (drinking games)
3. to be more outgoing
4. to let your guard down
5. peer pressure
6. you are expected to because "everyone else does it"
7. to meet new people
8. greek life
9. to be more confdent
10. nothing better to do
the cold hard facts: according to the national institute of alcohol abuse and alcoholism, almost 89% of high school seniors have admitted to trying alcohol at least once. of that 89% nearly 30% go on to be binge drinkers in college according to the national institute of alcohol abuse and alcoholism, 600,000 assaults, 500,000 injuries, and 40,000 cases of unprotected sex occur each year as a result of binge drinking. approximately 1700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol related unintentional injury according to the department of health and human services, "despite laws in every state that make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase or possess alcohol; young people report that alcohol is easy to obtain and many high school and college students drink with one goal: to get drunk if all of these facts and statistics are true and we know people die everyday from binge drinking, why do we still do it? safe drinking tips: pace yourself
know you limits and when too much is enough
listen when people tell you to slow down or stop drinking
pour you own drinks
have a designated sober driver
stick to one kind of alcohol
stay with friends warning sign of alcohol poisoning: Slow, shallow, or irregular breathing
difficulty awakening the person
no withdrawal from painful stimuli (for instance from pinching)
Unconsciousness (passing out)
blue-tinged skin or pale skin
absent reflexes
slurred speech
alter ego if you see anyone going through any of these symptoms, get help or call 911. dont be afraid to get in trouble, its better to save a life than to save yourself. if you think about it, when you are too drunk or belligerent, you are basically having fun and partying with yourself which seems dumb. instead try responsibly and socially drinking. that way you can have fun with people and actually make memories and friends.
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