Binge Drinking

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Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time. Binge drinking has a variety of negative side effects, both short and long term, personal, and external. There are a multitude of causes for binge drinking. Among them are: Pleasure seeking, attempting to establish a macho image to their peers (mostly men do this), using alcohol has a tool for feeling more socially comfortable, peer pressure, trying to rebel, curiosity, escapism and genetics. Binge drinking is most commonly associated with college, and sometimes high school life. It is during this period that the majority of binge drinking occurs, mainly because of the accompanying party culture. Binge drinking is the most serious health related problem on college campuses. Binge drinking is often born from casual drinking here, partially due to the participants lacking the self-control needed to regulate their consumption. Another influence many college students face is their peers pressuring them to consume excess alcohol. Other than its effects on their bodies binge drinking also has other adverse effects. Binge drinking students are more prone to poor academic performance, fighting, memory loss, sexually violence and of course, severe hangovers. This behavior isn’t exclusive to young adults though. “The CDC found that more than 38 million Americans binge drink four times a month—consuming an average of eight drinks each time. And it’s not just young adults. Although it is more common between the ages of 18-34, those 65 and older reportedly binge drink more often—five to six times a month.” Cappon, Colleen. Escapism is another source of binge drinking. Many people with traumatic past or current exp... ... middle of paper ... ...m continuing to affect civilization. Works Cited Colleen, Cappon. "CDC Report: Binge Drinking Rates in U.S. ‘Alarming’ | Fox News." Fox News - Breaking News Updates | Latest News Headlines | Photos & News Videos. 10 Jan 2012. Web. 19 Oct 2013. Daily Mail Reporter. "Drinking to forget? Bad news... alcohol can actually help you remember | Mail Online." Home | Mail Online. 13 Apr 2011. Web. 19 Oct 2013. "Teenage binge drinking has genetic link; gene known as RASGRF-2 plays a crucial role in controlling how alcohol stimulates the brain to release dopamine - NY Daily News."Daily News America - Breaking national news, video, and photos - Homepage - NY Daily News. 4 Dec 2012. Web. 20 Oct 2013 Willis, Melinda T.. "Brain Damage Can Occur While Binge Drinking - ABC News." - Breaking News, Latest News & Top Video News - ABC News. 16 Apr 2012. Web. 20 Oct 2013

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