Drug and alcohol violations on college campuses

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Greek members and Athlete students are involved with drugs and alcohol more than college students that are not part of Greek life or athletes. As of the peer pressure and the exposure exhibited in their surroundings does have an impact on their use of drugs and alcohol.

For most students, they like to go to college to gain new opportunities to experience college life and to experiment with different things. The United States has over 7,000 higher education institutions and over 15 million students (Brain Track, 2013). Drug and alcohol use is not new to the college life. Experimenting with drugs and alcohol comes with consequences. Alcohol and drug violations simply mean that the students do not abide by the policies implemented by the
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Students adopt the heavy drinking tendencies during their first year of college. Intervention has been made to reduce the statistics of heavy drinking of college students. More and more college administrators have adopted alcohol and drug abuse education and prevention programs but despite the efforts, the alcohol-related problems have not decreased much (Turrisi, Mallett & Mastroleo, 2006).
The Greatest risk for heavy drinking are Greek Organizations and athletes. Greeks and non-Greeks participated in skills training and self-monitoring intervention, and studies showed that there was a slight decrease. The Greek organizations still continued to drink more than non-Greeks after intervention; 15-20 drinks per week (Turrisi, Mallett & Mastroleo). They will drink less at parties if given incentives for keeping their BAC below .05. According to Turrisi, Mallett & Mastroleo (2006), 79.5% of athletes drank in the past 12 months, 65.4% reported having hangovers and 17.5% faced troubles with the police, R.A, or other college authorities. Why do they drink? For social purposes mostly; to feel good, peer influence, to deal with stress of school and athletics, to have fun.
In which brings us to Turrisi, Mallett and Mastroleo (2006) with their article “Heavy Drinking in College students: who is at risk and what is being done about it?” The article mentioned, “Members of social fraternities and sororities are more likely than are other students to
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