Binge Drinking Is A Large Social Issue

1879 WordsJun 1, 20168 Pages
1.0 Introduction Youth is the time of life when one is young, but often means the time between childhood and adulthood. The amount of youth that consume alcohol in dangerous amounts is alarming. In a 2013 study, it was shown that 18.2% of people 14 and older drank excessive amounts of alcohol that exceeded the national recommended alcohol serving and 26% of those people drank excessive amounts of alcohol at least once a month (NHMRC, 2015) . Binge drinking can be defined as ‘the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time.’ Binge drinking is a large social issue (GreenFacts, 2016) that affects not only the individual but the community and can have negative effects on mental health, physical health, emotional health and social health. Binge drinking increases the risk of many health issues such as: road accidents, domestic abuse, crime, disease, public violence and can contribute to social dysfunction and relationship issues (Drinkwise Australia, 2016). The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) released a report that stated that one in five high school girls engage in binge drinking. There are many factors that could contribute to adolescent binge drinking such as peer pressure, family attitudes, social status and the culture surrounding alcohol. There are many risks involved with binge drinking (details in appendix 1). One problem associated with binge drinking is physical violence that occurs when under the influence of alcohol and around 40% of all
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