Cause & Effect of Binge Drinking Essay

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What do failing grades, frequent memory lapses, fights, brutal hangovers and unplanned sexual activity all have in common? They are all frequent results of binge drinking by college students. On a typical Friday or Saturday night you can find the average college student out drinking and having fun. Normally partying with friends at a party, bar, or club; most of these college students are underage consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, or as its better known, “binge drinking.”The term binge drinking is defined as the consumption of five or more drinks in a row by men and four or more drinks in a row by women, at least once in a two week period. “One” drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine, or one shot of liquor. Alcohol …show more content…
Binge drinking varies greatly due to college campus locations. According to the 2000 CAS report, campuses that are located in the Northeast and Midwest of the United States have higher rates of binge drinking. Gender also takes a major role of campus binge drinking. Men are more likely to binge drink than women. The population of college fraternity members and athletes are more likely to binge than any other groups or clubs on campuses. A study done by the Core Institute in 1999 showed that, white students are 50.2% more likely to binge drink, than students of other ethnicities; compared to 34.4% of Hispanics, 33.6% of Native American Indian, 26.2% of Asians, and 21.7% of Black/African Americans. The primary reason for this is consistent with the differential association theory, which is the longer the time period of contact that people have in deviant settings, the greater the probability that they, too, will become deviant.

“From the moment freshmen set foot on campus, they are steeped in a culture that encourages them to drink, and drink heavily. At many schools, social life is still synonymous with alcohol-lubricated gatherings” (Cohen). Binge drinking is a huge aspect of the culture of college life; many college students binge drink to become socially accepted in a particular group. Binge drinking is not only
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