Drunk packing has gained popularity recently, after a college student died after his friends practiced the trend. Drunk packing involves rolling a drunk person onto their stomach and placing something heavy, like a backpack, on their pack. The goal is that this will prevent them from rolling over onto their back and choking on their own vomit.
Who practices drunk packing?
You may be wondering if someone you care about could fall prey to this trend. This new practice is common on college campuses, especially among those who are afraid to call for help when a friend has alcohol poisoning. Because of this, many who use this method are underage. The intention with drunk packing is good, but misguided. You may think that someone can only choke on their vomit if they are on their back, so they are protected and can sleep safely.
The Problems with Drunk Packing
- You can choke in any position.
- The weight of the backpack can do more harm than good.
- Choking is not the only danger faced by someone with alcohol poisoning.
Because young people are the ones most effected by this trend, it is important that they are educated in the matter. Drunk packing is not safe. If you or a friend has practiced this, or you suspect that someone you love is drunk packing, there are a couple important facts of which you should be aware. First, most schools have amnesty policies. This means that you will not get in trouble for calling for help. If someone is drunk enough that you are worried for their safety, it is better to be safe than sorry and seek medical help. Second, drunk packing may become a punishable offense in itself, now that someone has died after being drunk packed. It is no longer a way to stay out of trouble, because the risks have been made public.
So, what should you do about this new trend? If you believe that you or someone you care about is in danger from drunk packing and alcoholism, we at Genesis House are here to help. You can reach us 24 hours a day on our toll free number: 800-737-0933
Colleges and universities are notorious for being an incubator of substance abuse problems, especially when it comes to alcoholism. With roughly 80% of college students being current drinkers, and half of them binge drinkers, the amount of alcohol consumed is highly dangerous.
While some people might shrug this off as a rite of passage or part of the "college experience," the problems associated with the heavy drinking on campus are numerous and extensive. For example, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), more than 1,800 students die each year from alcohol-related injuries, with another 600,000 receiving non-fatal injuries. There are also close to 700,00 assaults and nearly 100,000 sexual assaults.
Clearly, the problem is much larger than many people want to admit, unless it's happening to their loved ones. As one university newspaper pointed out, there is also the issue of students moving past the point of alcohol abuse to chronic heavy drinkers and eventually into alcoholism. There are different forms of alcohol use disorders, and it is often difficult to detect when there is so much drinking going on to find the ones who really need the most help.
Changing this behavior takes concerted efforts from multiple sources, not the least of which is the Colleges themselves. While most of them have rules for dorms, school-sponsored events and underage drinking, they're not doing much else about the problem. Having campus-wide awareness programs and support systems in place could be a huge step in avoiding bigger problems for most students.
If you have a loved one who has developed a drinking problem and is in need of help, contact us today to find out more about our treatment program and how we can help.