You know this better than anyone: social pressure is powerful. When it comes to drinking alcohol, your friends and peers may believe that alcohol is what “brings the party.” Studies have shown that young people are more likely to drink the more they are exposed to alcohol use in movies and advertisements. Every kind of music, entertainment, sport, and media paint a pretty picture of drinking. These factors, along with your parents, your own level of self-confidence, relationships, and insecurities, influence your decisions, including your decision about drinking alcohol.
Binge drinking is consuming a lot of alcohol over a short period of time. Binge drinking is a serious risk for anyone who drinks alcohol. It can be deadly. Binge drinking in the U.S. is defined as the act of consuming at least once in the previous two weeks:
Young adults are especially vulnerable to the deadly effects of binge drinking, which kills more than 1,400 youths a year and contributes to thousands more youth deaths through binge-related accidents and driving deaths.
Alcohol poisoning, which often results from binge drinking, occurs when a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is so high that it is considered toxic or poisonous. This is caused through excessive alcohol consumption. Common symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:
Top Drinking Risks
While drinking may seem fun, there are many risks associated with drinking that have long-term consequences. Some of the most common drinking risks include:
Tips for Avoiding Drinking Risks
 What Is Alcohol Poisoning? How Dangerous Is Alcohol Poisoning? Medical News Today, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/215627.php
 Facts About Alcohol Poisoning, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/OtherAlcoholInformation/factsAboutAlcoholPoisoning.aspx