Hazing Death of David Bogenberger: Binge Drinking and Cardiac Arrest

Binge drinking is a dangerous, but popular activity. Photo by: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt” goes the popular saying.

Often enough it holds true, like in the case of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity of Northern Illinois University.

Twenty-two fraternity members are now facing charges in the death of 19 year-old David Bogenberger.

Bogenberger was found dead in November after a night of heavy drinking, according to Fox News, and the five leaders of the fraternity have been charged with felony hazing –  the others with misdemeanors.

What is Hazing?

StopHazing defines hazing as, “Hazing refers to any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.” 

We have seen hazing in schools, universities, fraternities  athletic teams, the military, and other social and professional groups.

The acts of hazing are either physically abusive, hazardous, and/or sexually violating.

When hazing occurs, people maybe asked to go without sleep for a certain amount of time, go without personal hygiene, swear, endure physical abuse, wear embarrassing clothes in public, endure sexual assault or drink excessively, as in the case of David Bogenberger.

Mr and Mrs. Bogenberger’s attorney told Fox News that he just wanted to fit in with the fraternity – he participated in the drinking games in order to be accepted. Instead of being accepted, Bogenberger suffered a heart attack as a result of alcohol poisoning. How does excessive drinking cause a heart attack?

Click to Read Page Two: Alcohol Poisoning and Cardiac Arrest

© Copyright 2012 Janelle Vaesa, MPH, All rights Reserved. Written For: Decoded Science
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