Effects Of Binge Drinking On College Campuses

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Since 1997, binge drinking has increased each year (Wechsler, Lee, & Kuo. 2010). Binge drinking is no stranger to San Jose State University as well as college campuses nationwide (Police Department, n.d.). Binge drinking has been on epidemic on college campuses and continues to grow over the course of time with alarming numbers of incidents that occur while under the influence. Since binge drinking is common on most college campuses, about 60% of students nationwide have stated that they have binge drank during their college years (College Drinking Fact Sheet, 2015).
The Health Disparity
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking is defined as “a pattern of drinking that brings
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SJSU also has 23 academic buildings and 7 residence halls are is continuing to expand (San José State University Map, n.d.). In addition, SJSU is considered a commuter school and offers park and ride shuttle access, accessible buildings, and VTA shuttle passes in order to assist students in public transportation (San José State University Map, n.d.).
Causes of Binge Drinking
Binge drinking is considered to be a health problem because nearly half of all college students have reported to drink more than 5 drinks is a short period of time (Hennessee, 2013). There has been about 1,825 college students who have died from alcohol-related injuries such as motor-vehicle crashes with the students being between 18 - 24 years old (College Drinking Fact Sheet, 2015). An increase of 6% of college deaths has occurred due to binge breaking increasing the total amount from 1,600 to 1,700 (Hingson, Heeren, & Wechsler, n.d.). Binge drinking has numerous of outcomes and can ultimately cause someone their life. Here at SJSU, there has not been any recent deaths by alcohol; however, countless students still allow themselves to drink too much, which can lead to sexual assaults and unprotected sex. In addition, 43% of SJSU students have admitted to doing something they regretted while under the influence (ACHA-NCHA II, 2016). The Role of Binge Drinking.
Two percent of college students at SJSU have admitted to driving after consuming 5 or more drinks within one sitting while
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