According to studentbeans.com some British university students drink up to an average of 26.7 units of alcohol per week, yet latest government statistics suggest that just 2 pints a day, or 2 glasses of wine triple the risk of mouth cancer.
Many BU students will happily consume 2 pints in Dylan’s bar over lunch, let alone the many a unit guzzled in regular binging marathons. Buzz looks at the simple facts behind the latest statistics.
How many units per week is two pints a day?
Two pints of beer a day or two glasses of 175ml wine equals at 32.2 units per week, which is luckily still a far cry from the Studentbeans average finding of 26.7 units per week.
How many units are in a bottle of wine?
A single of bottle a wine can total to 10 units, not an unlikely amount for a student to drink whilst on the booze. Since the Bournemouth club scene provides regular theme nights seven days a week, It’s no wonder students are heading out three, four or five nights a week, sending the weekly unit intake through the roof.
Am I a binge-drinker?
Surprisingly, those two large glasses a day constitute as binge drinking, but only when consumed in a short space of time. According to IAS (Institute of Alchohol Studies) only a quarter of women aged 18-24 report never binge drinking.
What are the effects of binge drinking?
Drinkaware.co.uk warns that binge drinking can affect your mood, lead to mental disorders, poisoning, cause you to accidentally harm yourself and in the most extreme cases, can kill you.
Whilst most people are aware that drinking is of course harmful, sometimes cold hard facts are needed as a reminder that excessive drinking should not be viewed as part of a weekly or even daily routine, but as a serious health risk.
- In 2005, more than a quarter of all deaths in men aged between 16 and 24 were attributed to alcohol
- 1 in 5 alcohol related deaths are due to cancer
- 500 people a week are admitted to hospital with alcohol poisoning
- 15,000 people die of alcohol related dieseases a year.