What is Binge Drinking?

Having a few drinks with friends may seem harmless, however, drinking too much too fast can quickly become very dangerous. Binge drinking can lead to many disasters, including DUI/DWI’s and sexual assault.

Binge drinking is an exceptionally dangerous and destructive drinking pattern that is defined as men drinking 5 or more drinks in a 2 hour period, and women drinking 4 or more drinks in a 2 hour period. While this behavior can be found among individuals of all ages, it is very prevalent among college aged students and frequently occurs on college campuses. While some people mistakenly confuse binge drinking and alcoholism, most binge drinkers are not alcoholics, and instead, choose to engage in this dangerous behavior.

Aside from the negative health effects that alcohol can have on drinkers, there are a host of serious dangers specifically associated with binge drinking. One of the most serious dangers associated with binge drinking, but one that is rarely discussed, is the emotional toll of binge drinking among college students. A lot of students who engage in binge drinking do so to manage some amount of stress or unhappiness. Rather than addressing their problems with a professional, far too many young people instead try to “relax” by drinking too much with their friends, and never tending to the deeper issues at hand.

Binge drinking also puts young people in a dangerous situation, as many find themselves too intoxicated to deal with any problems or difficulties that arise. This is especially true when it comes to sexual activity. Far too many young people report being the victims of sexual assault after having indulged in too many drinks, and many are left to deal with consequences like emotional trauma, unplanned pregnancies, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Additionally, according to the CDC, binge drinkers are more likely to drive while they are intoxicated than non-binge drinkers, making it more likely for these individuals to cause devastating or even fatal car accidents and find themselves in need of a DUI lawyer if pulled over and charged with an alcohol-related driving offense. This increase in drunk driving also puts these individuals, and everyone else around them on the road, at risk of being injured or killed in a drunk driving accident.

Fortunately, many schools and other institutions are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers that binge drinking poses to college students, and as such, are taking aggressive action to try and limit or stop this destructive behavior on college campuses.

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Larry Benneth+