A first year university student from the UK collapsed and perished after playing a drinking game during a university initiation.
He died with his parents at his bedside
The 20-year-old, named Ed Farmer, took part in an initiation wherein students are dared to drink large amounts of alcohol and then perform various and usually dangerous challenges.
One student who asked not to be named, said "Apparently it was part of a society initiation. He got really drunk and they ... didn’t realise he had stopped breathing until it was too late."
Ed was immediately rushed to the hospital after he collapsed, but sadly he died a day after with both of his parents by his side.
Ed Farmer's father shares: "You have undoubtedly proved to each and every one of us that there is such a thing as 'the guy who has it all' – the intelligence, the humour, the looks and the personality. Not many people can challenge a position like that. Thank you for all the memories."
Similar incidents have happened before
Sadly, Ed's death is not a rare occurrence as similar incidents have happened before. Back in 2006, a student named Gavin Britton, died after drinking the equivalent of three bottles of wine during an initiation for the golf society.
Universities have also attempted to crack down on the practice since it's proving to be a dangerous practice among students
Go to the next page to learn more about the dangers of excessive drinking.
Excessive drinking is very dangerous
It's no secret that excessive drinking is very dangerous, as excessive amounts of alcohol not only cause alcohol poisoning, but alcohol also has long-term effects on the body.
Here are just a few of the negative effects of excessive drinking:
- Injury. Being excessively inebriated drastically increases your chances of being injured. According to statistics, alcohol is a factor in 60% of fatal burn injuries, drownings, and homicides; 50% of severe trauma injuries and sexual assaults; and 40% of fatal motor vehicle crashes, suicides, and fatal falls.
- Health problems. Heavy drinking can cause liver disease, heart disease, sleep disorders, depression, stroke, and bleeding from the stomach.
- Birth defects. Drinking during pregnancy can cause a lot of birth defects, and other serious problems for the unborn child. This is why women who are pregnant, or are planning on having a child should refrain from drinking alcohol.
- Addiction. Alcohol can also cause addiction among people who drink excessively. Alcohol addiction not only causes the person to become excessively dependent on alcohol, but also causes them to have a lot of problems when it comes to their relationship with their close friends and family.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, mirror.co.uk
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