As students head into the first weekend of university and college, researchers say there’s a heightened risk for binge drinking.
One UNBC associate professor says post-secondary students are likely to indulge while celebrating being back on campus. Dr. Russ Callaghan with the Northern Medical Program compares it to drinking to mark a person’s birthday, a phenomenon called “event-specific drinking.”
“In the literature, they often talk about orientation week as one of the big events, one of the big periods, where hazardous drinking occurs for young people,” Callaghan says.
Health Canada defines binge drinking as five or more drinks for men, or four-plus drinks for women in one sitting.