Magazine article Variety

Binge TV Watching Now Leading Cause of Death among Students

Magazine article Variety

Binge TV Watching Now Leading Cause of Death among Students

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A startling new report conducted by the U.S. Dept. of Education revealed that the growing trend of binge TV watching has surpassed binge drinking as the leading cause of death of among college students. According to the report, 2,381 college students nationwide died from bingeingrelated injuries during 2012.

"Unlike alcohol, you don't need a fake ID to binge TV watch, just a Netflix subscription," California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris told Hollywood & Swine. "It's the parents who suffer the most. It's a lot less embarrassing to have your child die from alcohol than is it to lose somebody who tried to finish all eight seasons of Weeds in two days."

Causes of death from binge watching include:

* Suicides caused by the severe depression college students suffer after binge-watching a show and realizing they have no more episodes left to watch. Last April, Ben Sumner, a junior at Ohio State U., threw himself off the roof of his apartment building after going through the entire series of 24 in less than three weeks. …

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