A look into the dangers that surround our music.
A controversial headline that hits the papers frequently is the issue surrounding binge drinking and drugs among young people. You can’t escape it, whether it’s at a nightclub, a festival or a gig, there are people binge drinking and taking illegal drugs.
But it’s important to understand the dangers surrounding the places we go to enjoy ourselves, and not to get influenced by the minority that may lead us astray.
DrugScope, the UK’s leading independent centre of expertise on drugs, estimates that “alcohol-related deaths in England and Wales vary from 5,000 to 40,000 every year”. This includes deaths through liver disease, overdose and fatal drunken accidents. Drink too much and basic functions, such as walking and talking become much harder. You might also start saying things you don’t mean and behave out of character. To make sure you don’t end up like this, drink in moderation. Don’t just drink alcohol when you go out, hydrate yourself and have water too. Know your limit.
In 2010/11, Drugscope reported that there was “6,640 admissions to hospital with a primary diagnosis of a drug-related mental health and behavioural disorder in the UK”. Make sure you won’t be one of them. “Party drugs” such as Ecstacy, MDMA and Cocaine can lead to insecurity, paranoia, anxiety and distress – especially in large crowds. There is also evidence of long term depression and brain damage.
Why would you want to wake up in the morning, with not an inkling of what went on the night before? Music can give anyone a good vibe, without the need for excessive drinking and drugs. Not only that, you’re putting your life at risk. Go, enjoy yourself, have fun with friends, and leave knowing you had a good night… and an added bonus is that you won’t wake up in the morning reaching for the headache tablets, which means you can go out and do it all over again!
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