Binge drinking is a style of drinking generally identified as having five or more drinks in a row for men, and four or more drinks in a row for women. This amount is said to typically be the standard for the average adult to be legally drunk. There are many factors that combine to determine how alcohol affects each person; these include: gender, weight, food consumption, and genetics. In most cases, females will take longer to metabolize alcohol and therefore will have a higher BAC. Today, especially among college students, binge drinking tends to be a normal part of the social scene. Drinking under the age of 21 is illegal and dangerous especially binge drinking. Binge drinking can be very harmful and dangerous in a number of ways. Health-related binge drinking statistics can be very disturbing. Health risks such as alcohol poisoning, liver disease, high blood pressure, stroke and other cardiovascular disease, neurological damage, sexually transmitted diseases, unintentional pregnancy, fetal alcohol syndrome, unintentional injuries, intentional injuries, hangovers, headaches, nausea, shakiness, and possibly memory loss have been common amongst individuals who have either engaged in binge drinking more than once, or even just once. These problems may be experienced due to the way alcohol makes an individual behave. Long term dangers can include becoming physically or psychologically dependent upon alcohol which in turn may lead to liver or brain damage. The younger a person begins drinking, the more likely they are to develop alcohol dependence. Statistics show that “nearly 25% of those who begin drinking alcohol before the age of 17 become alcoholics, compared to 10% of those who begin drinking alcohol after 21 years of age” (http://www.learn-about-alcoholism.com/binge-drinking-statistics.html). Many people don’t think about the negative side of drinking. Getting drunk and being hung over and/or throwing up does not sound pleasant at all. The...
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