No Limits: America’s Binge Drinking Habit

Posted on February 11, 2013
If you're a student, or just around college student age, you're probably all to familiar with the phrase "binge drinking." Whether you partake in a little excessive imbibing yourself, or you just know people who do, the term "binge drinking" tends to be overused and completely saturated in the minds of many of those who are at or around age 21. While the college student demographic may find the term binge drinking—and all the cautionary tales surrounding the concept—to be almost devoid of meaning now, the fact is that, with more and more kids overusing alcohol at younger ages, even the most seasoned drinkers would do well to learn a little about the phenomenon. "Binge drinking" really refers to how many drinks someone has consumed over a certain period of time; for women, bingeing is consuming four or more drinks in two hours or less, for men it's five drinks over the same time period. And while the immediate risks, such as blacking out, vomiting, or passing out, are generally known and accepted among binge drinkers, some of the related effects aren't always as apparent. Binge drinkers tend to have higher incidence of drunk driving, STDs, and accidental pregnancies, to name just a few. The following infographic takes a peek into the world of binge drinking, as well as what some of its lesser known repercussions are.

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Binge Drinking Infographic

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