Persuasive Essay On Drinking In College

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Miley Cyrus sings, “Red cups and sweaty bodies everywhere, hands in the air like we don't care, 'cause we came to have so much fun now.” (as cited in Davis et al, 2013). As such an influential role model for many college students, Miley promotes carless drinking in her hit song ‘We Can’t Stop’. The rates of students who drink in college are very high and are leading to further problems. As found on College Drinking Prevention.gov, “According to the 2015 NSDUH, 58.0 percent of full-time college students ages 18–22 drank alcohol in the past month compared with 48.2 percent of other persons of the same age” (par. 1). College drinking in the United States is leading to an increase in alcohol related deaths, suicides, and academic issues. To decrease the rate of unhealthy college drinking in the United States, the legal drinking age should either be lowered, or the professors in the colleges and universities should make their students workloads heavier.
Unhealthy and irresponsible drinking taking place by college students is causing further issues in their lives. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the use of alcohol in a campus setting is a ‘ritual’ that the students consider an initiation to the start of their college careers. (par. 2). College drinking leads to other health and social problems including deaths, suicides, academic issues, drug use. Studies by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (2015) show that each year, “more than 600,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking, 95% of all violent crime on college campuses involves the use of alcohol by the assailant, victim or both, and 90% of acquaintance rape and sexual assault on college campuses involves the use of alcohol by the assailant, victim or both. (Par. 16). College students, especially the ones consuming alcohol, are the main stakeholders in this situation. Whether they are participating in the use of alcohol or not, it still affects them one way or another. Friends and family members are affected because if something happens to their loved one using alcohol they will be directly affected. Possible outcomes of careless drinking include car
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