A growing problem in today’s college culture is binge drinking and sexual assault. More and more teenagers in college are becoming sucked into this idea of drinking to get drunk. While the legal age is 21, it is not realistic to attempt to eradicate underage drinking from college campuses. However, the dangers of binge drinking can be catastrophic. And for parents, especially female parents, their greatest fear is someone abusing their child as the send them away to college. In general, most underage kids will have a beer sometime in their college experience. About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall. Ultimately, receiving treatment can improve an individual’s chances of success in overcoming an AUD and asking for help is the first step. The stigma for asking for help as a weakness must be shattered, because in reality asking for help is a sign of strength. By asking for help and receiving treatment and awareness from the beginning, college campuses can take great strides to protecting its students across campus.
Recently at Indiana University they felt some of these harsh realities of alcohol abuse hit home. Five students that attended Indiana
Many students said their goodbyes to family and friends as the summer came to an end. Amongst the planning, packing and crying, students like myself couldn’t help but picture their new beginning as it slowly approached. Much of what ran through my mind, personally, was the alcohol and party scenes I will be encountering. These thoughts undoubtedly ran through the minds of my parents, and the families of many young adults also approaching this stage of life. Husson University recognized that thoughts about alcohol can be unsettling for both the parents and students. So, with the intention of addressing this very common, controversial subject, “Shot of Reality” was presented in the Gracie Theater to educate incoming freshmen on alcohol consumption,
Did you know 82-92% of college students consume alcohol? (Taylor) Did you drink while in college? Do you agree with alcohol on college campuses or do you disagree? Why? Restricting alcohol consumption on campuses sometimes is used to prevent alcohol abuse and alcohol-related problems. Dry campus policies, however, remain misunderstood. According to Dexter M. Taylor, “Drinking and alcohol-related problems found on dry campuses were similar to national trends on wet college campuses” (Taylor). Alcohol related problems that occur on college campuses include injuries, unprotected sex, date rape, poor academics, and health issues. If alcohol was aloud on college campuses how could this help improve these statistics? Demographic and Academic Trends in Drinking Patterns and Alcohol-Related problems on dry College Campuses an experiment of two western universities who surveyed students ages 18 and older. Due to this experiment “dry campuses were similar to national trends on wet college campuses” (Taylor). According to Frances W. Oblander, “Alcohol abuse has become a major concern on campuses. With this concern, a variety of alcohol education activities ranging from awareness days to full-blown peer counseling and education centers has emerged” (Oblander). It’s time for colleges to start educating their students about alcohol and how alcohol affects the human body. Alcohol should be allowed on college campuses. College is about finding who
As recognition grows that binge drinking on colleges nationwide is more prevalent than ever, school administrators and parents alike are seeking useful intervention to combat this issue. Studies have determined that “students’ use of alcohol is shaped, to some extent; by how much they think other students on campus drink” (Wechsler 2000:57). Most college students are in the particular age group that statistically has the highest rate of binge drinking. According to the American Journal of Public Health, this leads college students who decide to overindulge “extremely vulnerable to such health problems as: injuries from related car crashes; unplanned and unsafe sex; assault and aggressive behavior; alcohol dependence; and
Since the early 1990s, substance-free housing has become an increasingly popular option for campuses across the nation. Substance-free housing has been implemented in universities and colleges in hopes of reducing rates of binge drinking among college students. Binge drinking can be defined as, “men drinking five or more alcoholic drinks in one sitting and for women four or more alcoholic drinks in one sitting.” (Feldman 271). Even though many know college binge drinking is a problem in our country, many are shocked when they hear that, “more than 75% of college students have consumed at least one alcoholic drink in the last 30 days. More than 40% say they’ve had 5 or more drinks with in the past 2 weeks, and some 16% drink 16 or more drinks per week. Nearly half of all male college students who drink are binge drinkers, and forty-one percent of female college students are binge drinkers” (Feldman 270). Statistics prove that college binge drinking is a problem to not only the students drinking but the ones that are staying sober, since “two-thirds of light drinkers reported having their sleep or studies disturbed by drunken students. Around a third had been insulted or humiliated, and 25% of women said a drunken classmate had made unwanted sexual advances” (Wechsler et al. 199). College binge drinking has many consequences associated with it such as poor academic performance, injury, assault, sexual abuse, property damage and drunk driving (Willenbring 238). The problem of
The authors Wechsler and Toben state, “SINCE 1984 THE NATIONAL minimum legal drinking age in the United States has been 21 years” (986). The drinking age in america is due for a change, it is one of the highest in the world, “The current age-21 limit in the United States is higher than in Canada (18 or 19, depending on the province), Mexico (18), and most western European countries (typically 16 or 18) (Carpenter 133).why are people able to live on their own, to smoke, or to vote but they aren't able to drink? I believe that the more legal something is the more people will stay away from it, something to do with angsty teens, and although that may be true for some people that will take responsibility and not get drunk every time, we have to consider the people that will abuse the
The applicant was informed of the following reasons: He has been involved in two alcohol related events within the past year, in which, he had been drinking underage; On or about 30 October 2012, wrongfully consumed alcohol under the legal drinking age of 21 and was found drunk on duty; On or about 30 June 2013, found underage drinking and LBAT results returned
On the morning of February 21st, college students found 18-year-old Ali Quartaro lifeless on the floor of a famed party house. The night before, she had consumed large amounts of hard liquor until she had passed out. While she lay unconscious for hours, others continued to party around her, afraid to obtain her help. All because of a night of binge drinking, Ali’s freshman year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee ended grimly. The loss devastated her inconsolable mother who did not even know her daughter drank. Unfortunately, all it takes is one night of binge drinking of alcohol to become a killer. The true extent of the dangers of alcohol is unknown to the majority of people. Although alcohol does not seem that vile of a substance, it is extremely deadly both
There is no doubt the people who what the drinking age to stay at 21 make some good claims. Although they do not look at other countries. Such as the European countries and their respect and control they have at a young age. In the European countries that tend to start drinking at a young age there is no evidence that it harms them intellectually or behaviorally (Ogilvie, 2011). The Europeans start drinking young and they are not stunted in their mental growth or have changed behaviors. The americans on the other hand, do not start drinking till later and we are the same intellectually as anyone in the world. Europeans have more control and are more responsible with their alcohol (Fulton, 2016). This shows that when a person is eighteen they
My topic is underage drinking I feel as though many teenagers engage in drinking, even if it is going to a party and drinking. In my hometown, where I grew up recently because nearly about every year a senior class loses a classmate due to drinking and driving or alcohol poison. I remember when I was a senior, we had lost a classmate sue to going out partying and drinking and getting behind the wheel. The teenager then was only 16 going on 17, so under the age for drinking.
United States. These are all alcohol based. Shortening their lives by roughly 60 years. Underage drinking involves the youth in the criminal justice systems. Both violating the law against underage possession. Also, the consequences of their actions while they are intoxicated. Though there aren’t that many positives for underage drinking, there is a positive reason for it. Religion.
It’s Monday night at about 11:30, but I’m doing something different tonight that I haven’t done on a Monday night in a while; I’m staying sober. Yes, I am underage (19 years and 6 months to be exact) and it won’t be until my Junior year of college before I can take my first legal drink in the United States. But I am not the only one who drinks while under the legal age limit; there is an estimated 63% of underage college students that get drunk on a minimum basis of one night a week (Foster, 1996).
The doctor told me that I could be eligible to become an advocate do drinking and driving if I stayed off of alcohol, because of my age and condition. I said sure. We left the doctors office and I drove home. None of us said a word. In the morning my mom made me go to school and I promised not to go drinking anymore if I wanted to be the advocate for drinking and driving. At school everyone somehow knew about me even though I didn't tell anyone yet. They offered me help,advice and apology's. The only good thing that came out of it was that the professors felt so bad that they gave me extra marks. One day at school I got a call from the program for the drinking and driving thing. I was accepted to be the new advocate. I called my parents as soon as I could. They were so excited. At dinner that night my dad popped open his 100 year old scotch and drank it right in front of me. I didn't mind though, I was too happy to be
As one member noted, alcohol is both a “cause and consequence of violent and dangerous acts like sexual assaults.” Another member recalled attending a party his freshman year where he witnessed “a guy carrying a girl upstairs” when it was evident that she was intoxicated. During that moment, the member said “it was awkward for me to intervene because I do know them and I did not want to get in trouble.” While it is unfortunate, these sentiments reflect the inactions of many people on campus.