binge drinking Essay

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What Causes Binge Drinking
     Binge Drinking is an intriguing phenomenon that many college students take part in all across the country. The issue of binge drinking has been a problem on college campuses for decades. Binge drinking has many horrible effects, but the problem starts with the causes for it. If the causes could be controlled then the issue would not get out of hand. Many college students give different causes for their drinking problems, and experts on the subject have their explanations as well. The problem is, while growing through adolescence anything can become an excuse for drinking, such as ¡§its Thursday the day before Friday, we need to drink¡¨ or, ¡§it¡¦s the last Wednesday of the
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     Many professionals believe that binge drinking is directly related to the environment that the child is in. One article states that ¡§Binge drinking, or the partying lifestyle of young people, may be related to an environment that appears to support heavy drinking¡K Another factor that may add to the college setting as a high-risk environment for binge drinking is that youths on college campuses are targets of heavy marketing of alcoholic beverages. Beer companies are especially active in promoting to college students¡¨ (Prevention 1). Environment is definitely a big contributor to the cause of binge drinking because once a child is living away from home it is a great deal easier to drink without the worry of parents.
     Another study was done on binge drinking by a man named Robert Ackerman. Ackerman believes that ¡§Students enter college with the idea that once they get there, drinking is what they are supposed to do¡¨(Message 2). This idea that students get is probably because besides schoolwork the other main thing related to college life is partying. One of Ackerman¡¦s other ideas is very interesting, he believes that binge drinking ¡§is a reflection of American drinking practices in general. For decades Americans drank heavily on the weekend and then went to work¡¨(Message 2). Although it is true that Americans tend to be heavy drinkers sometimes, I don¡¦t believe that