One of the most serious problems in today's youth is drinking. Amoung high school and college students a popular and very dangerous kind of drinking. Binge drinking can cause serious injury and many college and high school kids are dying from it. Binge drinking is identified as the number one health hazard for American college students today. For men binge is defined as having five or more drinks in a row. For women, binge is defined as having four or more drinks in a row.

A drink can be considered as a twelve-ounce bottle or can of beer, a twelve-ounce bottle or can of wine cooler, a four-ounce glass of wine, and a shot of liquor (either straight or in a mixed drink). A 140 college nationwide study consistently reported that 86-95 percent of students drink alcohol, but 50 percent of men and 37 percent of women binge drink. On average, most college students consume about fifteen or more drinks a week. That's a lot of alcohol and a serious problem, though most binge drinkers in college were probably heavy drinkers in high school. One of the reasons most teens drink now days is because of the accessibility of alcohol.

Almost anybody can get it if they want to. Alcoholic beverages are inexpensive compared with other beverages, especially beer when purchased in a keg. That is why many teens drink. Some other reasons teens drink is because of the "high', the taste, and because most of thier friends to it also. Another big reason teens binge drink is to get "wasted' fast. The main reason they get drunk fast is because most binge drinkers don't drink during the week and "cram' it all in during the weekend.

Most college campuses are target of heavy marketing of alcoholic beverages (especially beer companies). Beer companies are especially active in promoting to college students under 21. That makes it very easy for many college students to get beer. Infact, students spend more money on alcohol then soda pop, tea, milk, juice, coffee, and books combined. The wide availability of alcohol makes you think about how easy it might be to get drugs. Most drug use starts with alcohol anyway.

Many high school and college students think it's cool to drink alcohol, but the consequences of binge drinking can result in bad situations. Sexual encounters with pregnancy, STD's, HIV exposure, rape, and violence can occur more often while students are consuming large amounts of alcohol by binge drinking. Binge drinking also influences athletic performance, poor grades, sexual assault, fights, accidents, drunk driving are vomiting, dizziness, impaired metal capabilities, and hangover. Some of these may be short term consequences to binge drinking, but can change your life in so many ways in just one night.