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FUN FACTS-Studies show that more than 70% of binge drinkers are around the age of 25.-Research shows that girls from middle class families are more prone to binge drinking than those from reduced backgrounds.-Binge drinkers do not consume alcohol every day. They consume alcohol only twice or thrice a week, but the quantity they consume at a time is high.

Binge Drinking: Binge drinking or heavy episodic drinking is the guzziling of alcoholic beverages with the primary intention of becoming intoxicated by heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time.


Moving on, as stated in the definition, binge drinking is the frequent consumption of alcohol in small or large amounts continuously. Due to this fact, there are no short term effects since short term affects only apply to the digestion of alcohol in a short period of time. Thus we will continue onwards to the long term effects of binge drinking.LONG TERM EFFECTS: - Alcohol poisoning- High blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related - diseases- Liver disease- Nerve damage- Permanent damage to the brain- Vitamin B1 deficiency, which can lead to a disorder characterized by amnesia, apathy and disorientation- Ulcers- Gastritis (inflammation of stomach walls)- Malnutrition-Cancer of the mouth and throat

Alcohol consumption can have a wide range of adverse effects – medical, legal, personal and social. These depend on both the overall amount of alcohol consumed and on the pattern of consumption. Some medical issues may include:- Brain damage - Alcohol poisoning - Gastrointestinal Tract- Cardiovascular systems- Strokes- High blood pressure- Heart diseases- Breast cancer- liver disease - Skeletal muscle damage

Ways to say NO to Alcohol:In a few months we will enter high school and the pressure to engage in dangerous activities will only increase. Friends, media and family strongly affect our decisions made in regards to these types of situations. Thus, we have comprised a list of ways to decline offers and avoid the pressure1. Make an excuse such as "I'm not feeling well" or "I've got to go home now."2. Just be honest and tell them that you're not one to participate in such things.3. Change the topic or completely avoid the question.4. Simply walk away.5. The most overlooked method, just say no. Nobody has the power to force you to do anything. All it takes is one word to prevent danger to your life and the lives of others.

Possible solutions to binge drinking:The first step to solving a problem is being aware that you posses one. Once you have successfully acknowledged the problem at hand, you may proceed to the following instructions. First seek help from a trusted mature adult. This does not have to be a parent or guardian it may be a teacher, coach, co-op, or extended relative. Find someone you can confide in because believe it or not talking about your dilemmas actually serves a great purpose. After this, slowly reduce the intake of alcohol per day. Going cold turkey will most likely only last short term, so if you wish to remain sober for longer periods of time you must pace yourself. Allow yourself 4 and a half glasses of alcohol if hour regular in take is 5. Slowly decrease the intake with everyday. Remember that the healing process is a slow one but if you take it one step at a time you're sure to reach your desired goal. Trust me; in the end your perseverance will be greatly payed with immense success. Moving on, if you continue to struggle there are many places you can go to for further help. These places will be mentioned later on in our presentation. Finally, when your motivation begins to run dry and the temptation rises keep in mind why you decided to change in the first place. Stay determined, because the price of success is hard work.

Social Issues:- Broken families- Influences children/ teens and kids- Changes people’s opinions on you (eg: For jobs)- Causes domestic violence- Harms relationships with friends- Influences peoples respect for you- Causes financial issues *Then may lead to issues with spouse*

Legal/ Safety Issues:- Causes domestic violence- Firearm injuries- Sexual assault- Unintentional injuries (eg: car crashes, burning)- Theft- Can lead to murder

Centers for Binge Drinkers: Many binge drinkers might have broken relationships with their loved ones due to their excessive alcohol digestion. As a result, they have no where to seek help or advice. This is where the community comes in. There are various online websites and forums where addicts can acquire assistance from a health physician or a fellow addict. In addition, there are centers where a group of addicts join together to discuss their emotions under the supervision of a physician. The addict can also choose to consult with a specialist via telephone line. Or, a more costly alternative would be visiting a therapist or psychologist. Therefore, addicts should not lose hope. It's never too late to alter your daily life. With the help of your loved ones, the community, or a specialist your problems are sure to be solved.




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