Alcohol is the most widely used recreational drug all over the world. Its popularity sometimes prevents people from remembering that it is still a dangerous activity, and can be especially harmful for teenagers.
What is Binge Drinking?
Binge drinking is when someone consumes an excessive amount of alcohol over a short period of time, and it results in intoxication. More specifically defined, binge drinking would be when a person four to five or more drinks in a two hour period. Binge drinkers can suffer a severe and potentially fatal reaction to alcohol overdose, known as alcohol poisoning. It can cause someone to pass out, feel sick and vomit. For some groups of young people this may have become a norm, with over 25% of over 18s reporting binge drinking in the past month– witnessing friends drink to excess and incapacitation can be seen as fun or a right of passage. However, this is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Individuals need to understand the dangers of binge drinking and what steps to take if someone experiences alcohol poisoning.
Risk of Binge Drinking
Drinking a large amount of alcohol often can damage your body, social life and even relationships. If someone is drinking alcohol at a very young age, the health risk is even more serious. If someone does not drink regularly, but drinks an extreme amount at one time (such as at a party), that is considered binge drinking.
Teenage Drinking Increases the Risk of:
- Alcohol poisoning and asphyxiation (aspiration of vomit can lead to death)
- Cancer of the mouth and throat
- Depression and suicidal thoughts
- Liver cirrhosis and heart disease
- Unplanned pregnancy
- Engaging in unprotected sex (that can result in sexually transmitted diseases, i.e., HIV)
- Physical and sexual assault
- Failing to meet full potential in school
- Use of prohibited drugs
- Unruly behavior
- Unintentional injuries, violence, and even death because of underage alcohol use
First Aid knowledge is invaluable for both teens and adult. This will enable you to assist in such circumstances listed above and especially during emergency situations. Becoming First aid certified not only benefits you directly but it can extend to your colleagues, family and friends. If an accident occurs, it is never good to be a helpless witness without any training. It is very important for as many people as possible to have at least a basic knowledge of First Aid.
American CPR Care Association (ACCA) is an open association through which teenagers and adults can learn about first aid training – including information about binge drinking. Every person that consumes alcohol must know and learn the risks and dangers that may occur, and help with problem drinking can be found though the SAMHSA Helpline. ACCA provides training to everyone who wishes to be an informed and educated Good Samaritan.