Alcohol Consumption Of Tertiary Students And The Negative Consequences Of Binge Drinking Essay

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This literature review will consider causal factors contributing to the heavy alcohol consumption of tertiary students and the negative consequences of binge drinking. Why do young adults engage in binge drinking? Why does the rate of alcohol consumption go higher when young people go to university? This literature review highlights that tertiary students drink more compared to their non-student peers because of the social and physical environment (e.g. sporting events, shared flats or house). The definition of binge drinking will be first and then literatures will be compare and constrast to justify the findings. Following these, this literature review will discuss the strengths and limitations of the New Zealand studies. Finally, further studies concerning heavy alcohol consumption of young New Zealanders will be suggested. Before we go any further, it is appropriate to define first what binge drinking is. Binge drinking is a drinking episode where a person drinks pass the point of intoxication in a short period of time or until the person losses control (Hutton, 2012; McEwan, 2009). The standard drink limit recommended by the New Zealand government is no more than six 10g ethanol per occasion for men and no more than four 10g of ethanol for women (Kypri, Paschall, Langley, Baxter, & Bourdeau, 2010; Kypri, Paschall, Maclennan, & Langley, 2007; Kypri, Langley, McGee, Saunders, & Williams, 2002; Kypri, Paschall, Langley, Baxter, Cashell-Smith, & Bourdeau, 2009). Binge

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