Despite the dangers, “binge drinking” continues to increase among young people
The so-called "binge drinking", in which adolescents sometimes drink alcohol until they pass out, poses great health risks. Alcohol poisoning, brain damage, coma and even death can be the result. Nevertheless, reports of young people in the emergency room with almost absurd alcohol levels never stop. AOK boss Martin Litsch recently commented on the numbers of young "binge drinkers" in Schleswig-Holstein to the news agency "dpa".
Improving the living conditions of adolescents and preventing addiction against “binge drinking”
In Schleswig-Holstein, “binge drinking” seems to be extremely popular among young people. As the health insurance company AOK reports, last year 255 minors had to be treated for alcohol abuse in clinics. Alcohol excesses declined significantly in the age group of 12 to 15 year olds, but 16 to 20 year olds saw a sharp increase of 16 percent compared to 2011.
The AOK spoke of alarming numbers. AOK boss Martin Litsch asked those responsible to continue to educate young people in detail about the dangers of “binge drinking”. Accordingly, parents and teachers in particular should draw attention to the topic and set limits for minors. Litsch emphasized that alcohol abuse is not a competition or a sport. Rather, it can cause permanent brain damage, especially if too much alcohol is consumed early on. Politicians have to ensure more effective addiction prevention and also urgently improve the living conditions of young people.
Parents of "binge drinking" mostly feel helpless Recently, the case of a 15-year-old from Witten made headlines. The girl had drunk so much vodka in a short time that she suffered severe alcohol poisoning. After having to stay in the hospital overnight, talks followed the next day with drug advisors, which also included the parents.
Parents often feel helpless when their children drink too much alcohol, Dirk Bannasch reported from the Diakonie drug counseling service to the newspaper “WAZ”. He advises parents to set firm rules. A general ban on alcohol for teenagers is usually not enforceable. It is better to take two glasses of non-alcoholic drinks after each glass of alcohol. If this is followed, drinking will take longer and thirst will decrease. (ag)
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