College Student Shares Her Near-Death Story To Raises Awareness Of Extreme Alcohol Consumption
We currently live in a dangerous world run by the devil himself, a world in which ungodly actions are viewed as something ordinary. Drinking to the point of collapsing is seen as something to be proud of. This was the case of college student Hanna Lottritz from Nevada, who on her 21st birthday went on a drinking spree with all of her friends.
‘I am writing this because I didn’t realize the importance of drinking responsibly until I was waking up from a coma, and I don’t want anyone to go through what my family and I went through.’
Hanna Lottritz is a student studying at the University of Nevada, Reno. She headed with her friends out to the Night in the Country music festival in Yerington, Nevada. While attending the concert in which Joe Nichols and Jake Owen were performing, her friends started having a few beers, nothing excessive. She joined them in the drinking, thinking nothing of it.
She was having a ‘little bit of a buzz’ after the concert. She then came across some of her guy friends at another campsite. Having built quite the tolerance for alcohol over the years, she wanted to ‘outdrink’ them and make a name for herself. By 11:30pm, she and her guy friend were challenging each other to see who could chug from a bottle of Black Velvet whiskey the fastest.
Hanna cannot recall more than that, as her memory fades after all of that. Everything else was recalled by her friends. According to the people that she was with, Hanna collapsed five minutes later after chugging the Black Velvet bottle and stopped breathing. Her friends carried her to the medical tent where she was intubated before she was air lifted to Renown hospital in Reno.
‘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.
Doctors believed Hanna to have been brain-dead the moment she entered the hospital, as she had absolutely no reflex in her body. She woke up 24 hours later restrained to her bed so she wouldn’t remove all those tubes off her body. The first person Hanna saw was the image of her mother, worried sick next to her side.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, one in six U.S. adults binge drinks about four times a month, consuming about eight drinks per binge. About 90 per cent of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinks.