Reasons for binge drinking and the consequences
What is binge drinking?
The question of whether binge drinking is second nature in Australian culture is not a hard one to answer. No longer does a trip to the local pub or club just end with a couple of beers, some food and home in bed by midnight. The standard in the Australian community over the past few years has been to binge drink, drink until you can’t stand, pass out, wake up, and then do it all over again the next weekend. Binge drinking has been on the rise over several years, and this alarmingly fast rise is causing concern throughout the Australian community. This article will outline what binge drinking is and the impact it is having on the individual and the community, the government’s response and the actions they are taking to limit binge drinking throughout Australia and the impact binge drinking is having on the hospitality and events industry and the steps they are taking to increase awareness and reduce the impact of binge drinking at events. The writer will use key secondary sources as a framework to base the article around; the articles will assist the writer in proving that Australia does have a problem with binge drinking and that binge drinking is becoming second nature in Australia today.
What is binge drinking?
Before constructing this report on whether binge drinking is second nature in Australia today, one must first gain an understanding of what binge drinking really is. Although binge drinking is now commonplace the term is not a new one. Binge drinking was the name given to those who would undertake heavy drinking over a prolonged period, often several days. More recently it has been used to describe consuming large volumes of alcohol over a short period of time, for example over the course of an evening, usually leading to intoxication. A person who binge drinks may not drink everyday but when they do they overindulge to an extreme level, alternatively, someone may not necessarily set out to drink a lot, but may be unsure of their limits, resulting in drinking too much over a short period of time thus making them a binge drinker. Peer pressure has also been linked to binge drinking, Hanging around the wrong crowd can pressure some people into binge drinking. Alcohol is one of the major causes of injury and death among young people. Binge drinking is causing more people to put themselves in risky situations, such as getting into a car with someone who has been drinking or getting involved in alcohol fuelled violence with other binge drinkers. Short term effects of binge drinking include; nausea, hangovers, vomiting, memory loss and alcohol poisoning. These are just a few of the long list of short term effects that people face when they binge drinking and although the effects are only short term frequent binge drinking will lead to more serious long term effects. Prolonged binge drinking can cause serious long term effects such as physical and psychological dependence on alcohol, damage to the brain and liver, increased risk of neurological disorders, mental health problems and sexual problems such as impotency and premature ejaculation [ (Reach Out Australia, 2010) ]. In addition to the health risks that binge drinking create, binge drinking can impact the drinkers self esteem and social life causing the drinker to do things when they are drunk that they wouldn’t normally do when sober. One in two Australians aged 15 – 17 who get drunk will do something they regret [ (Reach Out Australia, 2010) ]. Being drunk affects judgement and may cause the drinker to lose friends or family members or loss of money and job caused by excessive drinking [ (Reach Out Australia, 2010) ]. Binge drinking amongst teenagers is a growing...
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