If that one daiquiri you plan to drink at the Fly quickly turns into a night of tequila shots and keg stands on an average weekend, you may fit the standard definition of a binge drinker. And you aren’t alone. According to recent studies,
college students are binge drinking more often and consuming more drinks when they do so.
Studies by the Center for Disease Control released in January 2012 found that the people aged 18 to 24 who are engaged in binge drinking are doing so five to six times a month on average. The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men in a span of about two hours.
However, the study found that college-age binge drinkers were downing an average of nine drinks per occasion. In Louisiana and Mississippi, binge drinking is actually less common, but students who are binge drinking are consuming more in one occasion than their counterparts in other states.
“The excessive use of alcohol and consequently EMT callouts and transports to hospitals has seen a steady increase in the last few years (at Loyola),” said Patrick Bailey, director of Public Safety for the University Police, in an e-mail.
Craig Beebe, Residential Life director, sent an email to the Loyola community in September 2011 expressing concern over the issue of alcohol abuse.
“Over the past few days, Loyola has experienced five incidents involving first-year students abusing alcohol; all have required transport to local hospitals by Tulane Emergency Medical Services,” he said in the email. “This concerns me. This behavior will not lead to success during your time at Loyola University New