Binge drinking

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Binge drinking

Some of the risks involved with binge drinking include:•Having accidents•Getting into fights or arguments•Missing work•Feeling depressed•Passing out•Loss of valuable and personal items like wallets, jewelery, phones and iPods•Having unsafe sex & unwanted pregnancy Some of the long-term risks of binge drinking include:•Liver damage•Stomach ulcers•Sexual problems•Weight problems•Depression


Binge Drinking



What is binge drinking?Binge drinking is drinking heavily on a single occasion, or drinking continuously over a number of days or even weeks. A person who binge drinks may have restrained drinking habits but sometimes when they drink, they do not hold back. People are also more likely to binge drink when they feel peer pressure to do so, or if they are feeling awkward or uncomfortable at a party. .


Change what’s normal in social situations Youth draw conclusions about alcohol-related social norms from what they see and hear about alcohol in their families and communities. These normal situations strongly influence their own attitudes and behaviors regarding alcohol. When communities consistently prevent underage access to alcohol, publicize and enforce alcohol-related laws, and limit the promotion of alcohol, they reinforce the message that alcohol use by young people is unacceptable.Improve law enforcementCommunities can better enforce policies designed to stop drinking among children and adolescents. Studies find that existing laws regulating underage drinking are often not enforced. When these laws are ignored, it not only enables young people to drink but also communicates a general indifference to underage drinkingReduce availability The most documented principle in alcohol use prevention is: Make it harder for young people to get alcohol, and they will drink less. Communities can make alcohol less available by promoting responsible adult behavior and holding adults accountable when they provide alcohol to minors; by raising the price of beer, wine, and liquor; or by reducing the number of places where alcohol is sold or served.Change policiesPolicymakers can take an active role in limiting alcohol availability to youth. Increasing alcohol taxes, raising the minimum drinking age, enforcing zero tolerance laws, and promoting social host liability laws are just a few strategies that policymakers can promote to reduce underage and binge drinking in their local communities, and send a message to youth and adults alike that underage drinking is not tolerated in the community.


In 2004 in Australia, about 48% of adult males and 32% of adult females participated in binge drinking at least once a year. About 12% of males and 4% of females were binge drinking at least once a week. The rates of binge drinking have increased significantly since that time. It now seems that about 18% of Australians aged 20-29 are binge drinking at least once a week. Females under 19 have overtaken males under 19 in binge drinking. 28.3% of females aged under 19 binge drink, while only 24% of under 19 males binge drink. Binge drinking was once considered to be predominantly youthful behaviour. It is now becoming more and more clear that not only young people are binge drinking. In fact, the rates of binge drinking are similar in all age groups up to 55 years old.





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