Letter to the Editor

Avoid Binge Drinking During March Madness

Nickolaus Hayes, Reader

March Madness is one of the most exciting sporting events of the year. However, it exposes fans and students to the negative influence of drinking alcohol in excess.

There are significant dangers with binge drinking. Fortunately, there are practical ways to stay sober or drink responsibly.

“Binge drinking is most common among younger adults aged 18 to 34 and men,” said Marcel Gemme of Addicted.org. “Prevention and awareness campaigns have proven effective to people in this age group make responsible choices.”

Suppose someone is in recovery from addiction or choosing recovery. Begin by identifying relapse triggers, such as places, people, groups, or environments. Avoid these and set clear boundaries. Attend celebrations with sober like-minded people. Have an exit plan, and support when it is needed.

In contrast, if someone is a casual drinker of legal age, stick to one or two alcoholic beverages during the game. Drink water and have a full meal. Avoid drinking games and any environment promoting binge drinking. Do not drink and drive.

Binge drinking is a pattern of consuming alcohol that rapidly increases blood alcohol concentration to or above 0.08%. Among men, this is four drinks or more within two hours; for women, it is three drinks or more within two hours.

It is an exceptional sporting event, but participation should not cost anyone their health or future.


About the Author:

Nickolaus Hayes is a healthcare professional in the field of substance abuse and addiction recovery.


Here is more information on alcohol consumption by The Permanente Medical Group of Northern California.