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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Binge Drinking Takes Another Life

Young adults who binge drink frequently should be concerned about how dangerous it can be as well as fatal. Drinking on its own is harmful to one’s health, but drinking excessively in a short amount of time has proven time and again to be fatal for a number of people. As was the case for 21 year-old Lydia Clark, a Drake University student, who died after an apparent night of binge drinking on her birthday.

According to Clark’s friends, she had consumed approximately 16 shots that night but did not appear to be dangerously intoxicated; Clark started drinking at about 9:30 p.m. on Friday and continued for about six hours, offered Ivey Bruton, a Junior at Kansas State University and childhood friend who was with Clark when she died.

Clark had an undiagnosed heart condition that contributed to her death, according to her father who spoke with the Register.

According to KCCI, Drake University released a statement on Clark's death:

"It is with sadness that Drake University confirms that Lydia Clark, from Meriden, Kansas, passed away on Saturday afternoon at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Lydia was a junior international relations and rhetoric major. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her."

The Iowa State Daily published an editorial, inspired by Clark’s tragic passing.

"We are neither condemning nor condoning that level of alcohol consumption or passing judgment on her in any way, but this event is a tragedy that should serve as a reminder of the highest magnitude to students of all classes and ages that, when taken in too much excess, alcohol is not merely intoxicating, but deadly," the paper's editorial board wrote.

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