( dpa ) - Youth indulging in long-term binge drinking face disastrous consequences such as nerve and motor problems including poor memory or trembling, experts warned in a report Monday. Those who think it is not wrong to go on binge drinking sprees "are indicative of stages of denial," The Straits Times quoted psychologist Daniel Koh as saying. "When intoxicated, reasoning power is over-ridden." Over four nights, the newspaper spotted 23 drunk youths, mostly under 25, sprawled outside six Singapore nightclubs. Binge drinkers vomit, then go back inside clubs to party and continue drinking. Young drinkers often indulge in alcohol for such reasons such as peer pressure, escapism or as a show of power, Koh said. "But if one is very, very unlucky, it takes only one time ... to suffer from alcohol poisoning, which can result in death," he said. The Health Ministry categorizes binge drinking as having six or more drinks on a single occasion. The problem is compounded by clubs offering such deals as one-for-ones, free-flow night and promotional nights. The 24-hour convenience stores add to the temptation with some youths going to them first before hitting the clubs. Experts note the cavalier attitudes among youths indicate a campaign to deter youth from excessive drinking may have had only limited success.
Youth indulging in binge drinking face disastrous consequences
14 April 2008 06:19 (UTC+04:00)