Binge drinking comes with a host of risks, costs

As college students make their way to warm, beachfront destinations for the purpose of “blowing off some steam,” these spring break trips likely will involve binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women in a single occasion.

Spring break may call attention to this problem, but it definitely is not just an on-campus issue. According to figures posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, 92 percent of adults who drink excessively (average of more than two drinks per day for men and more than one drink per day for women) admit to binge drinking in the last 30 days.

While binge drinkers are not always alcohol dependent and may not drink every day, this form of excessive alcohol consumption comes with plenty of risks, including injuries from drunk driving. Binge drinkers are 14 times more likely to drive while impaired than non-binge drinkers.

Other risks associated with binge drinking include alcohol poisoning, greater alcohol dependency, violence, sexually transmitted diseases, and unplanned pregnancy.

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