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Binge Drinking - Peer Eds

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ngaio chandler

on 3 June 2014

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alcohol and young people
socialise with friends
relieve boredom
have fun and feel good
why do young people drink?
fit in
forget worries
keep up
reduce negative feelings
be cool
why do young people binge drink?
what is binge drinking?
memory loss
alcoholic poisoning
effects of binge drinking
dependence on alcohol
damage to brain and liver
increased risk of cancer to mouth and throat
increased risk of health problems
increased risk of mental health problems
impacts on education, employment and relationships
effects of binge drinking
90% of alcohol is processed by the liver the rest is expelled through sweat, breath and urine
the liver requires 1 - 2 hours to process alcohol and this increases the more the person has drunk
NOTHING sobers up someone other than TIME
nausea and/or vomiting
panic, anxiety or paranoia
can increase the risk of vulnerable people experiencing psychotic symptoms
can cause the cannabis having a much stronger effect
may cause ‘greening out’: they can go pale and sweaty, feel dizzy, nauseous and may even start vomiting. They usually feel they have to lie down straight away.
more likely to happen if a person has been drinking alcohol before smoking cannabis rather than the other way around
mixing alcohol
Choke on their vomit
Stop breathing
Have a heart attack
Inhale vomit, leading to fatal lung damage
Experience severe dehydration, which can cause permanent brain damage in extreme cases
Get hypothermia
Suffer seizures because of lowered blood sugar levels.

stimulants are caffeine, ecstasy, cocaine and speed
does not reduce effects of alcohol on the body
may disguise feelings of impairment so young person drinks more
may increase tendency towards aggressive or violent behaviour
may increase risk taking behaviours
risks associated with stimulants: increase of heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure
person may make feel agitated, anxious, paranoid, aggressive and get stomach cramps
if overdose occurs a combination of drugs can impede treatment
Eat before drinking to slow how quickly the alcohol enters your body
Make every second drink a juice, water or soft drink
Don’t let people make you drink any faster than you want to.
Don’t let people make you drink more than you want to.
Stay with people you trust
Look after someone if they become unwell
Get help if it’s needed
Plan ahead of time how you are going to get home at the end of the night
staying safe
1 in 4 hospitalisations of 15 - 25 year olds are due to alcohol
70 young people, aged under 25, are hospitalised due to alcohol fueled violence each week
4 young people aged under 25 die due to alcohol related injuries every week
People aged 18–29 years are more likely than any other age group to drink alcohol in a way that put them at risk
Males were twice as likely as females to drink alcohol in quantities that put them at risk
15 years old and under are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking - zero alcohol is the safest option
15 - 17 years old - delaying drinking is the safest option
2 standard drinks per day is safest for adults
no more than 4 drinks on a single occasion is the safest for adults
what are
the facts?

Loss of coordination
Irregular or slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
Blue-tinged or pale skin
Low body temperature (hypothermia)
Stupor (being conscious but unresponsive)
Unconsciousness (passing out)
and looks like:
1. What is the exact address of the emergency?
2. What is the phone number you are calling from?
3. What is the problem, tell me exactly what happened?
4. How old is s/he?
5. Is s/he conscious?
6. Is s/he breathing?
an ambulance
young people that don't want to drink much, or at all, can use the 'throwing off' technique as a way of getting around their peers.
'throwing off'
short term
unprotected or unwanted sex
shame and embarrassment
violence and conflict
losing friends
legal issues
financial issues

associated risks
sobering up
tricks of the trade
sobering up
One standard drink = one hour
One standard drink = 1.5–2 hours
standard drinks
common drugs used: Rohypnol, GBH and alcohol
never leave drinks unattended
don't accept drinks you have not seen opened
get tested as soon as possible
ask for help or provide help
believe someone if they tell you they think their drink was spiked
energy drinks and stimulants
drink spiking
drinking heavily on a single occasion
drinking continuously over a number of days/weeks
drinking to get drunk
it can be deliberate or accidental
it can be due to someone being unused to alcohol and it's affects
list all the different ways someone might try and sober up
can cause someone to:
you will need the following info:
police will not be called unless:
someone threatens the ambo
someone dies
someone is deemed 'at risk'
Gently move the person onto their back
Place the arm furthest from you out from the body
Place the hand closest to you on the opposite shoulder
Place the knee closest to you up at a right angle
With one hand under their shoulder & the other under their knee push them onto their side
Place the bent knee into a right angle, so they don’t roll over onto their front
If possible, prop their back
the recovery
tips for safe drinking
long term
youth services - shire wide / st george
youth health services - Kiora / UpZone
www.adin.com.au - info on AOD services and treatment centres
www.druginfo.adf.org.au - info on AOD
www.reachout.com - online peer support
www.kidshelp.com.au - phone and online counselling
www.whatareyoudoingtoyourself.com - interactive binge drinking website
www.ncpic.org.au - cannabis use info and support
www.headspace.org.au - mental health info and support
resources / pamphlets / government initiatives
getting help
processing times
10mls of pure alcohol
group activity #3
group activity #4
group activity #5
ace up the sleeve
Short or long term effects
Associated risks
Mixing alcohol and drugs
Drink spiking
Sobering up
Alcoholic poisoning
Safe drinking tips
Alternatives to drinking
Safe drinking tips
Facts and stats
Getting help
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