Monday, March 14, 2016

Binge drinking--dangerous fun

Didn't you go to college to get
smarter?
I went to college--the first year to a notorious party school. I used to drink quite a bit in my younger days (by the way, you can't keep it up as you age). But I don't recall too much binge drinking--except in the "Greek" environs--and I never joined a sorority.

Binge drinking is defined by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as four drinks in two hours for women and five drinks in two hours for men.

More than a third of college students these days engage in this at least once a month.

Did you know a beer and shot contain the same amount of alcohol--it's just absorbed somewhat differently?

Some alcohol, a depressant, tamps down inhibitions and sad feelings, but too much of a good thing can kill you.

Signs of impairment are: Slurring, unsteadiness, poor judgment (such as feeling OK to drive).

Signs of actual poisoning are:

Confusion
Vomiting
Seizures
Slow breathing
Irregular breathing
Hypothermia.

BAC is blood alcohol content. Even small increases in BAC in some people can lead to car crashes, susceptibility to unsafe sexual situations or violence, and pregnancy.

Even higher BAC can cause amnesia or blackouts. It can lower bodily functions--such as the gag reflex and you can choke on your own vomit and die.

Ew.

Some tips to avoid this:

Alternate drinks with water.
Eat a full meal before going out.
Say no to the beer bong and Jell-O shots.
Of course, do not mix alcohol with other drugs.
Use a designated driver or Uber.
Stick with your group--don't leave your friends.
Watch your drink and do not take a drink from someone you don't know.
Do not have sexual contact with a drunk person--in many states, this is defined as rape.

I know, I sound like your Mom. Well, listen up--I am a Mom and Moms kind of want their kids to stay alive.

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