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How People Can Get Seriously Injured, Sick or Killed From Drinking Too Much Alcohol While Pre-Gaming

When it involves watching a favorite team or listening to a singer or band, parties, concerts and sporting events can get pretty hyped up, especially when people have been drinking, and sometimes drinking too much, alcohol.  Unfortunately, alcohol can put a damper on the festivities when people decide to go over their limit (or shouldn’t have even had any at all).  These individuals put themselves at risk for injury, getting sick, or even much worse, dying from drinking too much alcohol.

It has been reported that there has been a rise in visits to an emergency room (ER) or an outpatient urgent medical care facility that have been related to the consumption of alcohol. Most of the visits that are accounted for in ER and outpatient medical services are accidents (motor-vehicle and self-injury) and alcohol poisoning.

An example of how people get hurt, sick or even die from drinking too much alcohol is called pre-gaming.  From underage to adult drinkers, pre-gaming is the new fad that is the starter to any party or event.  Instead of waiting for tip-off, the drop of the puck, the blow from the whistle, or even before the singer shows up on the jumbo screen, individuals are having a blast pre-gaming with their favorite beverage or beverages of choice.

Underage drinkers like to pre-game at the stadium, concert or a party before they cheer on their favorite team or band. While hanging out in the parking lot, young partiers use cozies and plastic cups to conceal their contraband. An ambitious teenager may try to sneak some alcohol disguised in a water bottle or iced tea container. Before heading to the game, a pre-game party at a friend’s house can get things rolling.

Once they are finished pre-gaming, they stumble into the venue.  From climbing up on the bleachers, crowd surfing to the loud beat of the music or jumping on their friends in excitement can cause an injury to happen in an instant. For those underage drinkers who can’t handle their liquor are often the ones found getting sick on school grounds, outside the car door, and messing up a friend’s bathroom. Drinking at someone’s home, these individuals can put themselves and others in danger because he or she got behind the wheel and drove to the venue.

Pre-gaming can lead to passing out, blacking out and increase in cases of alcohol poisoning when underage drinkers consume heavy amounts of alcohol. Not to be confused with passing out, blackouts inhibits or impairs the memory of action or events leading up to a drinking episode.  Binge drinking is a common contributor to increasing the amount of blackouts an individual may experience. Besides death caused by motor vehicle accidents where alcohol was a contributing factor, death by alcohol poisoning is increased by binge drinking.

Pre-gaming at a tailgating party in a parking lot at a sports stadium or concert turns into a wonderland of cuts, bruises and concussions after someone mouths off about the winner of a cornhole match or jumps out of the bed of a pick-up. Social media can reveal the extent of the idiocy of sports fans that get too drunk and get injured or embarrass themselves and throw up on the grass by the parking lot. Car accidents can occur when someone leaves the parking lot after drinking too much alcohol. A quick trip to an urgent care or waiting to be seen in the ER might fix up any minor external injuries, but the lasting effects of the alcohol can begin to take a harmful toll on the body.

Injuries that can be life threatening such as blackouts and alcohol poisoning can occur when individuals continue to binge drink week after week when getting ready to watch their favorite team.  And after a few hours of heavy drinking, the pre-gaming festivities still just become a distant memory.  Often, pre-gamers don’t even make it inside the stadium or venue because they get too drunk just hanging out in the parking lot.

Although pre-gaming might not be popular with the old-time drinkers who like to belly up to the bar as soon as the game starts or an event kicks off or the concert is ready to begin, these individuals also still put themselves at risk to become a visitor at the ER or seeking medical attention from an urgent medical provider.


Additional References: NIAAAMedical News TodayMedical Daily