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- Binge drinking can begin around age 13 (CDC)
- What is a drink? A standard glass of wine is 5 ounces, a standard beer is 12 ounces, and a standard shot is 1 to 1.5 ounces.
- What is binge drinking? For males, it is consuming five or more drinks in about a two-hour period and four or more drinks for females in a two-hour period.
- Nationally, 1 out of 4 youth ages 18-24 engage in binge drinking (CDC, 2018)
- In Indiana, 49% of college students age 18-21 reported consuming alcohol in the past month (Indiana College Substance Use Survey, 2019)
- 33% of Indiana college students reported binge drinking in the past two weeks (Indiana College Substance Use Survey, 2019)
- First-year college students are at higher risk for drinking
- Alcohol awareness card
- Alcohol poisoning leading to injury or death
- Irregular heartbeat or heart failure
- Vomiting/choking on your own vomit
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels)
- Blacking out
- Engaging in unprotected sex
- Missing classes or assignments
- Being hurt or injured because of your or others’ drinking
Long-term health risks
- Anemia and a suppressed immune system
- Decreased calcium absorption, leading to weak bones
- Increased risk of anxiety and depression
- Reduced fertility in men and women
- Drinking while pregnant can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome
- Malnutrition, as vitamins and nutrients are not able to be absorbed and appetite is decreased
- What parents need to know about college binge drinking
- What can a parent of college students do?
- Know the neighborhood where your student lives at college – how many bars are in the area?
- Do these bars have drink specials like “penny ‘til you pee” or “quarter beer”?
- What office or department on campus can provide resources to you and your student? These are usually residence life, student wellness or counseling offices.
- Does your student’s school have policies against underage drinking? What are the consequences for getting caught? Are parents informed?
- What programs are in place to help your student make the best decisions about drinking?
- Tips for parents
- Have regular communication – set times to text or call
- Encourage open communication on alcohol use – don’t make it a “one time” lecture
- Contact the office that provides help and resources, if you or your student should need it
- Make sure your student knows the signs of alcohol poisoning and what to do
- Make sure your student has “an escape plan” if they’re at a party and want to leave