Far beyond extending the individual’s social scopes and horizon, it cannot be denied that drinking is a ritualistic activity that expresses one’s cultural roots or origins (Kurzer, 2001). Kurzer (2001) implied that drinking is a cultural phenomenon that connotes different value and meanings. Under this context, this scenario best explains the prevalence of drinking’s popularity in each and every community. It becomes a potent tool for socially-engaging practices and at the same time, it manifests different sets of cultural beliefs and traditions.
However, it is important to note that drinking, most especially if it results to unhealthy habits and deviant behaviors posits an impending threat not only to affected parties, but to the whole community as well. Drinking can be perceived as a self-destructing agent that readily requires utmost control. One of the most pervasive social issues that have taken the attention of parents and even the government for that matter is no less than binge drinking. Binge drinking is a prevalent practice among many teenagers and adults.
Through the years, this situation has become a social ill that has destroyed the lives of its victims and prompted many young adults to commit anti-social acts. To a certain extent, binge drinking has readily triggered the unexpected deaths of many young individuals due to intoxication (Jowett, Thomspon & Boyle, 2007). Clemen-Stone, McGuire and Eigsti (2002) described binge drinking as the practice wherein an individual engage into excessive “alcohol consumption” within a “short period of time.
” In simplest terms, binge drinking pertains to drinking more than what the body can tolerate. The risky part of this situation is that alcohol overdose could very much lead to severe consequences such as intoxication that readily places the individual’s life in very uncompromising situations. Insel, Turner and Ross (2004) shared that binge drinking is rampant in many schools and universities, most especially in colleges wherein fraternities and sororities are widely acknowledged.
This can be attributed to the fact that drinking per se is perceived and understood by many youngsters as the so-called “rites of passage (Insel, Turner & Ross, 2004). Drinking activities thus become a transitional phase from simple adolescent life to a much more complex adult-related situations. Binge drinking is therefore a concrete proof that a person is mature enough to handle bigger responsibilities and harder tasks. In the UK, alcohol consumption has readily increased. Compared to neighboring European countries, UK has earned the reputation of being a “beer-drinking country (Griffiths & Hunter, 1999).
Consequently, it would not come as too much of a surprise to see UK as one of those nations that garnered high rates of alcohol-related problems (Jarvinen & Room, 2007). Binge drinking pays a heavy price. More often than not, binge drinkers are prone to committing violent and aggressive behaviors (Isralowitz, 2004). Due to intoxication, many find it hard to control their emotions. Consequently, Isralowitz (2004) mentioned that binge drinkers are most likely to express poor performances and task executions because of hang-overs.
It can be also argued that binge drinking may contribute to the increasing rate of sexual assaults and vehicle accidents. Yet, while it is true that binge drinking has become a habit or regular routine for many, discriminating these individuals would be an unsound decision. Once and for all, it should be taken into consideration that these youngsters are also victims. The dire consequences of binge drinking create a massive impact on the victim’s lives. It can be observed that individuals suffering from this social dilemma manifest high tendency of being socially-inept.
This bad habit has readily prevented them from establishing strong relationships with other members of society, most especially to their loved ones. Instead of expanding their social scope, the exact opposite happens. As Callahan et. al (2001) discussed, excessive drinking carries a “stigma” that may prevent individuals from interacting with other persons. Likewise, binge drinkers are also exposed to chronic diseases such as liver cirrhosis, stroke (Fatemi & Clayton, 2008) and coronary problems (Weidner, Kopp & Kristenson, 2002)—not to mention the psychological problems that they may also incur.
But to say that binge drinkers are the only victims in this dilemma is an understatement. Relatively, the families and relatives of these individuals suffer as well. The emotional pangs and torment that family members have to go through is worse than acquiring chronic illnesses, most especially as for families who have lost their loved ones due to alcohol intoxication. It is also a fact that binge drinking is highly associated to deep-seated family conflicts that could only worsen if not immediately addressed.
Government intervention has been constantly employed to curb such dilemma. In the UK, policies that revolve around licensing liquor stores (Ewles, 2005) have been readily employed. Moreover, media campaigns (Squires, 2008) and advocacies are utilized to minimize, if not totally eliminate this problem. However, from a critical perspective, these solutions can only generate temporary results. Binge drinking cannot be immediately resolved through formulating policies and regulations.
Apparently, media campaigns can only produce little effect since various alcohol-related advertisements have continued to proliferate. Binge drinking can be addressed, first and foremost via setting good examples in the family. Consequently, school administrators should also develop feasible protocols that would limit binge drinking’s prevalence. The government, parents and the media should join hands in combating this impending social ill. Reference List Callahan, J; Dadoly, A; Tarantino, J and Harvard Medical school (2001). Alcohol Use and Abuse.
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