Drinking At College Is Becoming An Epidemic

1491 WordsMar 6, 20176 Pages
Drinking in College is becoming an Epidemic In Beth McMurtrie’s article on The Chronicle of Higher Education website, the senior writer began to answer one of America’s biggest questions. The question “Why College’s Haven’t Stopped Binge Drinking” (McMurtrie) has been a major topic for a couple of decades now. Doctors Aaron White and Ralph Hingson answered question in a slightly more statistical way using lots of graphs and numbers. Jenna Johnson, staff writer from the Washington Post thinks parents should be notified when their child gets in an alcohol or drug related incident and shows how colleges have evolved to doing just that. In an article by Don Peterson of the Associated Press posted on NBC News we begin to get reaction from…show more content…
This is basically stating that students need to take responsibility of their actions and see the wrong that they are doing so they can learn from their mistakes, but also want to meet the needs of parents and help protect students who are in danger. Peterson states, “Officials want to hold young adults accountable as they venture out on their own, they are well aware that drinking is part of the college experience, and also recognize potential allies in a generation of hands-on parents who can help when things go too far” (Peterson). This shows how these two articles are compatible. Johnson and Peterson both talk about Virginia Tech and how they have started to alert parent of minor incidents that occur on campus and how they kind of started this trend. For the most part, all of the articles mention how alcohol is continuing to become a major problem in college and universities, but they do not all appeal to everyone in the same way. White and Hingson’s article states mostly facts and figures of what the consequences of binge drinking in college will buy based on various surveys they’ve taken. For example they state “Consequences of college drinking include missed classes and lower grades, injuries, sexual assaults, overdoses, memory blackouts, changes in brain function, lingering cognitive deficits, and death. This article examines recent findings about the causes and consequences of excessive drinking among
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