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Binge Drinking

by Sue Hubbard, M.D.

College football is in the air and with the season comes the ritual of pre-game tailgates and post-game celebrations. As a parent of college-aged children one of the biggest concerns of the fall is also binge drinking. Watching televised football games this season only reinforced concerns as every other ad seemed to be alcohol related and really geared to the humor of an adolescent, they were definitely not targeting a middle aged woman.

Alcohol is the number one health risk facing college students and according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health about 44 percent of college students binge drink. Than means that they drink more than five drinks in a row for a man and four drinks for a woman in the past two weeks. Many college students do this three to four nights a week and don’t perceive this as a problem. Thursday is the new Friday and for many Wednesday is the new Thursday.

If you have a college student, I know you have talked to them about alcohol and binge drinking, but it may be the time of year to re-visit that discussion. Winning a big game is a cause for celebration, but not necessarily for binge drinking.

That’s your daily dose, we’ll chat tomorrow.

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