Binge drinking and Physical Signs & Symptoms Defined


Understanding, Skills and Confidences (USC)

Outcome USC9.6

Analyze the health, economic, and social supports and challenges of addictions (e.g., tobacco, shopping, alcohol, gambling, Internet, drugs) on self, family, community, and the environment.


(a) Evaluate personal knowledge in terms of what is known and what needs to be learned about addictions.

(b) Determine situations where youth may feel pressured/tempted to smoke, chew tobacco, drink, gamble, or use drugs.

(c) Evaluate and respond to sources of, and information about, addictions.

(e) Examine possible consequences of addictions on the health of self, family, and community.

Decision Making (DM)

Outcome DM9.10

Assess the role of health promotion in making healthy decisions related to comprehensive approaches to safety, non-curable infection/diseases, romantic relationships, healthy food policies, addictions, tragic death and suicide, chronic illness, and sexual health.


(a) Discuss the role of health promotion in decision making.


Time: 60 minutes

Glogster – Binge Drinking

Glogster – Physical Signs & Symptoms Defined

Go through the Glogsters – stop after each section and discuss the content with the students

Recovery position – after watching the video, have the students pair up and practice how to properly put someone into the recovery position

Brainstorm and discuss with the students who their safe person to contact would be if they find someone passed out

Brainstorm the emotional effects of alcohol

i.e. depression - Glogster – Binge Drinking

Information that is found on the Glogster is:

Binge Drinking

What is it?

Drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time causing intoxication (you to get wasted). (Heavy, single occasion drinking.)


5 drinks in one night = binge drinking

Ladies +

4 or more drinks in one night

= binge drinking

Immediate Effects

- trouble walking - lowered pulse

- blurred vision - low blood pressure

- slurred speech

- becoming aggressive & violent

- blacking-out (not remembering a thing)

- passing out (unconscious)

- severe dehydration (lack of water)

- vomiting


Get Help!

If you suspect someone has an alcohol overdose (poisoning):

- get medical help as soon as possible (911)

- do not leave the person alone

- place the person on their side in the recovery position


Risky Situations

- riding with an impaired driver

- driving while impaired

- having unprotected and/or unplanned sex

- fighting with family and friends

- suicide

- illegal activity - vandalism


What Could Happen?

- Unplanned pregnancy &/or sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

- Emotional & psychological effects (i.e. depression)

- Motor vehicle accident

- Physical injury/harm/death

- Addiction

- Legal consequences



Accept Responsibility: Binge Drinking (0:30)

Alcohol Know Your Limits – Binge Drinking Girl (0:41)

Alcohol Know Your Limits – Binge Drinking Boy (0:41)

See “Video Links” page for additional videos on Binge Drinking

Glogster – Binge Drinking – Physical Signs and Symptoms Defined

Information that is found on the Glogster is:

Physical Signs and Symptoms


- occurs when someone loses more fluids than he or she takes in

Binge drinking may cause dehydration because:

•Alcohol is a diuretic (causes kidneys to produce more urine. The more you go to the bathroom the more water you lose)

•Vomiting causes fluid and electrolyte loss = dehydration

•Going long periods without drinking water causes dehydration

Signs & Symptoms of Dehydration

- thirst

- dry mouth, lips, eyes, & skin

- headache

- fatigue/weakness

- light-headedness/dizziness

- chills

- constipation

- little or no urination

- fever

Central Nervous System DEPRESSANT

+ Dehydration = Bad News


Blacking Out vs. Passing Out

BLACKING OUT - someone drinks so much alcohol they can't remember what they did. Warning: a sign in the 2nd stage toward alcoholism.

PASSING OUT - alcohol poisoning causing a loss of consciousness

Recovery Position

Main reason - to prevent choking on vomit. Alcohol poisoning = altered gag reflex, = body cannot let them know they are choking.

Vomit in lungs = lung injury or infection or death.

DO NOT leave a person alone in recovery position - could roll onto their back.

*Remember*… you DO NOT want to move someone into the recovery position if you suspect they have a back or neck injury.



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