The Effects of Alcohol on Campus Essay

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Alcohol on campus has always been a problem. Since the beginning of higher education, students have rebelled against the rules and laws of the university and the state. Underage drinking has become a nationwide pandemic. With the legal drinking age now at twenty-one, at least half of the college population is underage, leaving room for more students to engage in binge drinking at fraternities, athletic events, and dorm rooms. The fact that half the students are underage makes them more rebellious and wanting to feel above the law, often ending in underage drinking. The articles that will be reviewed and discussed in this paper demonstrate the importance of substance-free residence halls and a survey taken to analyze the effects of alcohol…show more content…
The campus wants to send the massage to incoming students that the majority of the campus does not participate in binge drinking or drink at all. Many students who answered the survey responded that part of their binge drinking was due to “trying to fit in” and “because everyone else does,” (Weitzman, 31). Substance-free residence halls, where substances are not permitted, provide students a safe place to be who are easily influenced by peer pressure to drink and use other drugs (Finn, 2). Beth Wallace, Director of Health Services at Wofford College in South Carolina said, “By being able to set up an area that is more wellness conscious, we can show that our school supports a wellness norm. We hope the area will grow each year. It is one way in which we can change the whole environment of college to make alcohol a less significant focus of social activity.” When students drink in excess, resulting in intoxication, many participate in reckless behavior, due to the effects on the brain. Often, this recklessness is taken out on buildings or property. Vandalism-related repair expenses are extremely expensive, especially because this problem could be extinguished. At Western Washington University, Nash Hall’s vandalism costs dropped from thousands of dollars to just sixty dollars per year, after the residence hall went substance-free. The university’s other halls’ vandalism expenses remained the same, as they did not become substance-free. At Washington University
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