Deadly binge

Binge Drinking. What comes to mind when this is mentioned? How about parties, fun, no worries, friends? What about disease, mistakes
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Binge Drinking. What comes to mind when this is mentioned? How about parties, fun, no worries, friends? What about disease, mistakes, regrets or even death?

Avoiding binge drinking would have a great impact on a teenager’s life. It would also cut death rates. It could also have an improvement on teenagers’ futures and could even make a difference in teens’ personalities to make them better people. Help stop binge drinking by knowing what your child is doing on weekends.

Newspaper articles and television shows say binge drinking among teens has increased, but binge drinking is actually decreasing. According to the State University of New York and Indiana University, the average senior high binge drinking amount has declined from 41.2 percent to 27.9 percent between 1980 and 2003. Also the proportion of the U.S. military persons who binged has also decreased, according to six worldwide surveys conducted for military over a recently-ended 15-year period. According to a recent study of college drinking by Dr. Henry Wechsler of Harvard University binge drinking has decreased across the country over four years since his earlier study. His research also found that the proportion of the abstainers jumped nearly 22 percent in that short period of time, Also, the ISR (Institute for Social Research) found that the proportion of binge drinkers has reached an all-time low among college students.

If your teen is planning on drinking, make sure to tell them to drink responsibly. The consequences that follow binge drinking are very serious. Memory loss, pancreatitis, cancer, alcohol-related liver disease and even death. Are you really willing to end your life for a little fun with friends?

Ashley Runion

Fremont