And it’s all about binge drinking – what it is, why it’s dangerous, what it can do to your life.
You’ve probably heard a little about binge drinking; you may have witnessed your friends or kids do it. Who knows, you may have even done it yourself.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among teens. Of all the teens who reported having alcohol within the past month, 1/3 reported behavior that fit the CDC definition of binge drinking:
For girls – have you ever had 4 drinks in 2 hours or less? That’s binge drinking.
For dudes – if you’ve had 5 drinks in less than 2 hours, you’re binge drinking.
Binge drinking may seem like a harmless good time, but it’s not. It could have real, significant, and harmful effects on you, your friends and your family.
The first step in resisting the peer pressure to binge drink, and to help your friends resist, is to get to know everything you can about it.
Our infographic lays out in easy-to-understand form many of the impacts binge drinking can have on your health, relationships, and job.
It’s just a start, but includes information and resources that you can turn to when you’re confronted with the temptation to binge.
Saying no is easier than you think
Remember, you don’t need to drink to look cool. In fact drinking too much is pretty much the opposite of awesome. It’s tough to be cool when you’re puking over somebody’s back porch.
The good news you can say no to alcohol. And it’s easier than you think.
- Practice how you’ll turn down alcohol with a trusted friend or family member
- Stay away from parties where you know there’s going to be drinking
- Hang out with friends who don’t drink
- Keep busy with hobbies, studying, and homework
- Get active in school-related activities like sports, clubs, or student government
- Talk to your parents about it; they’ve been there and can help you make healthier choices
- Talk to an adult at school or your church, who will have resources and advice for you
We all know it can be tough to resist peer pressure. But binge drinking is one of the worst things you can do to your body, your brain, your family and your friendships.
Click here to download our binge drinking infographic.