USA Today’s National News has reported that binge drinking activity kills six individuals per day and most of these are male. The binge drinking occurring in a single binge can lead to alcohol poisoning. The Center of Disease Control defines binge drinking as four or more drinks in about two hours for women and five or more drinks it two hours for men. But, most binge drinkers consumer more- up to 8 drinks or more. It’s not just college students experiencing this binge drinking; 77% of deaths caused by alcohol poisoning occurred among the ages of 35-64.
Why is binge drinking so harmful? When alcohol levels in the blood are high enough to shut down control of the brain this impacts breathing, heart rate and temperature.
“The number of drinks and the blood levels of alcohol that put someone in danger vary greatly from person to person,” says Ryan Stanton, an emergency physician in Lexington, KY.
Experiments and challenges should not be centered on alcohol; this can put you or others at dangerous alcohol overdose levels. With lack of responsibility, a fun time can turn into a series of physiological changes that can lead to hospitalization or death.