Pre-drinking is becoming an epidemic…

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A UK Top A&E doctor has said pre-drinking is becoming a ‘dangerous epidemic’


On BBC Radio 1 this morning, they discussed the trend of pre-drinking, also known as pre-gaming or pre-loading. Pre-drinking involves groups of friends getting together to drink much cheaper alcohol bought from the shops, before heading out into town. According to the top A&E Doctor, this ritual then leads the groups to carry on drinking whilst they are out and end up in hospital.

“There has been a 58% rise over the last decade in the number of 15 to 29-year-olds being admitted to hospital in England because of alcohol problems.”

Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) also estimated that 1,008,850 in 2012/13 were admitted for alcohol consumption. In 2012 there were 6,490 alcohol related deaths.

This binge drinking or heavy drinking can also have a high impact on the brain that could result to Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD), Korsakoff ’s syndrome and Wernickes. ARBD is on the increase and dealing with these effects of alcohol is estimated to cost the NHS £110.5m

An increase in the price per unit of alcohol could help tackle this dangerous epidemic and the government has said that this is just one of a number of possible solutions.

The image below was made by Men’s Health and is comparing the effects of pre-drinking and drinking in bars & restaurants…

comparison chart between pre-drinking and drinking in bars/restaurants

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