According for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more alcoholic drinks within two hours for males and four or more drinks in the same time frame for females. Studies show that during the week of spring break, on average, males will drink 12 gallons of alcohol each and females will drink 6.5 gallons.
“The problem is that kids, at that age, oftentimes don’t know when to say when,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
Binge drinking is a dangerous problem, especially among college-aged students. The Century Club is a popular drinking game that consists of drinking 100 shots of beer in 100 minutes, which comes out to nearly nine beers in less than two hours.
"You're talking about college-aged women who are doing this, and they are only about 140 pounds," OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "And if you do this, you're going to be way over [the safe blood-alcohol content level] if you are in the eight-beer range. A woman can only drink about two to three drinks, and then she's even still going to be over the legal [limit] for driving. If you do eight, you are in the danger zone.
"But the other thing for this about women and college drinking is not only what it's going to do to your health down the line," Dr. Lisa adds, "but I can't tell you how many women I see in my office who have blacked out, who have had sex with people they didn't know, who wind up with STDs or an unintended pregnancy from binge drinking."
The Doctors confront college students Brittney and Tricia about the dangers of binge drinking.