Hannah Lottritz didn’t expect to be air-lifted to a hospital after a day of binge-drinking with her friends. She didn’t think she would wind up brain-dead after a fun attempt to out drink her friends. She didn’t think.
But the 21-year-old survived. And now she’s taking her story to the web in the hopes that her experience will warn other girls of the very real dangers of drinking too much.
She wrote on her blog:
I was in critical condition, suffering from acute respiratory failure and acute alcohol intoxication.
My blood alcohol concentration was .41 when I arrived at the hospital, five times over the legal limit. The doctors thought I was brain dead because I was completely unresponsive.
My pupils were sluggishly reactive, I had no corneal reflex and I wasn’t responding to verbal or painful stimuli.
Unfortunately Hannah’s story isn’t uncommon among college-aged students. While many universities require freshmen to take some sort of online drinking awareness course, this is pretty much forgotten the moment a girl steps on campus and enters their first college party.
Or worse, many students who have made a habit of drinking in high school have already built up a higher tolerance by the time they reach college, giving them a false sense of security when they go out drinking.
As Hannah recalls,
They asked me if I was trying to kill myself by drinking so much. This question hit me the hardest. From my hospital bed in the Intensive Care Unit, my eyes were opened to the seriousness of being irresponsible with alcohol.
The next day when I was discharged from the hospital, I realized that the way I looked at alcohol would be changed forever.
Hannah was so lucky to survive a night that could have ended very, very differently and she knows it. She ends her essay with a warning to other young girls in the hopes that they’ll be careful with their alcohol consumption and urges them to care for their friends, just as her friends had
You can read Hannah’s entire essay here.