Binge Drinking

Binge drinking has increased over the last decade, especially with youth between the ages of 15 to 25. A 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey found that almost 21 per cent of Canadians 12 years of age and older binged on alcohol 12 or more times a year. Binge drinking is most common with university and college students who are adjusting to a new phase in their life and dealing with new anxieties and pressures related to post-secondary life. Students may turn to alcohol to ease their fears or to self-medicate from anxiety or they may use alcohol because it is a common part of the post-secondary social scene.

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