Borg Drinking: A Dangerous Social Media Trend

Borg Drinking: A Dangerous Social Media Trend

Popular Among College Students, But Poses Significant Health Risks

The trend of drinking alcohol from a “borg” has surged in popularity on social media, particularly among college students. However, despite its popularity, drinking from a “borg” (short for “black out rage gallon”) is not safe and poses significant health risks.

Many social media videos show how to make a borg. Typically, a gallon-sized jug of water is used, with half of the water poured out and replaced with up to a fifth of vodka. Flavorings such as drink mixes, electrolyte fluids, and other enhancers are then added. These borgs are often labeled with humorous pop-culture references written in permanent marker, like “Sponge Borg Square Pants,” “Borgan Donor,” and “Captain Borgan.”

Beverage flavor enhancers commonly include caffeine, B-vitamins, natural and artificial flavor enhancers, sweeteners, and synthetic food dyes. Some may even contain cannabis, making it crucial to read ingredient labels carefully. Combining these with large quantities of alcohol can have unpredictable and harmful effects.

The alcohol content in a borg can be dangerously high. Many social media videos show people adding up to a fifth of vodka, equivalent to 750 milliliters or approximately 17 shots. This amount of alcohol can lead to severe intoxication, alcohol poisoning, and even death.

A single serving of squeezable flavor enhancer usually contains around 60 mg of caffeine, but users often add multiple servings without measuring. An entire squeeze bottle can contain over 1,400 mg of caffeine, which is far above the safe daily limit for healthy adults (400 mg). For children and adolescents, the safe dose is even lower, and high caffeine intake can lead to severe health issues, including heart palpitations, anxiety, and insomnia.

Borgs Are Not Safer Than Traditional Alcohol

Despite claims that borgs are safer than traditional alcoholic beverages, they are, in fact, very dangerous. The potential benefits, such as reduced risk of drink spiking and dehydration, are overshadowed by the significant risks associated with excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption. The high alcohol content in a borg can lead to rapid and severe intoxication, making it a hazardous drinking method.

Some believe that borgs reduce hangover chances due to their high water content. While hydration may alleviate some hangover symptoms, it does not prevent intoxication or speed up alcohol metabolism. Drinking large amounts of alcohol will still lead to hangovers, and the belief that a borg can prevent this is a dangerous misconception.

If someone becomes sick after drinking from a borg, it is crucial to seek immediate help. Save the National Poison Help Line number (1-800-222-1222) in your phone and post it visibly at home. Call immediately if you suspect someone has consumed a harmful amount of alcohol or any other substance. The Poison Help Line offers free, confidential advice from experts 24/7.

The trend of drinking from a borg is not safe and poses significant health risks. Awareness and caution are essential to prevent the dangerous consequences associated with this social media-fueled trend.