Besides the fact that a large number of students are underage when they drink, alcohol can put students in dangerous situations and give them a headache long after the hangover is gone. The short and long term effects alcohol has can impair students physically and mentally, impacting their education and health. In order to explain how alcohol can fully affect university students, the source of the issue must first be considered. Intoxication is, “…when the quantity of alcohol the person consumes exceeds the individual's tolerance for alcohol and produces behavioral or physical abnormalities. In other words, the person's mental and physical abilities are impaired” (“Alcohol”).
One of the biggest problems with educational institutions in the United States is alcohol abuse among college students. College students across the United States including Georgia Southern University end up missing class, having unprotected sex, damaging property, and getting injured as a result of abusing alcohol. Also the health risks involved with binge or excessive drinking is very prevalent and risky for any college student who chooses to abuse alcohol. Besides alcohol poisoning, there are many cancers and diseases associated with alcohol abuse that ultimately lead to death. Liver cancer, breast cancer, and skin cancer can all be associated with alcohol abuse (Drinking: A Students Guide, 2001).
Binge drinking increases the risk of suffering from alcohol poisoning that could even result in death. It also increases the risk of committing suicide and/or being a victim of sexual assault. Between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of college students say they have tried commit suicide and more than 97,000 college students are se... ... middle of paper ... ...law-breaking thrill that can cause them to go overboard and binge drink. There is a big difference between merely having an alcoholic drink and binge drinking, one is practiced by many and is accepted by all but binge drinking is highly dangerous is putting many college students at risk of harmful consequences. These consequences consist of but not limited to sexual assaults, alcohol poisoning, and death.
There are many examples as to the consequences that binge drinking can cause to college student’s lives, but one of the main consequences that students face as a result of frequent drinking is poor academic final grades. Binge drinking in college has been said to directly affect the GPA of college students. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s (2008), the direct correlation of grades and binge drinking is 4 drinks or less per week will result in an “A” GPA, 6 drinks per week will result in a “B” GPA, 8 drinks per week will result in a “C” GPA, and 10 drinks per week or more by a college student will more than likely to result in a “D” or an “F” GPA. Students who make a habit of their binge drinking do not prosper well in school regardless of whether or not they study, because their first priority does not happen to be school, which leads to the poor academics. According to this same study, the only way to change this type of situation is through “environmental management” which consists of “changing the physical, social, legal, and economic environment on and around campus that fosters alcohol use.” (U.S. Department of Education, 2008) Studies have shown that it is possible to predict how students will achieve academically in college based off of their high school performance an... ... middle of paper ... ...eer Effects June 2005 circ.pdf Park, A., Sher, K., & Krull, J.
Ann’s grades plunged as a result of heavy drug use, a likely combination of emotional and physical degrading upon herself. Society as a whole degrades itself in this manner, whether the individuals themselves realize it or not. Achievement in high schools today is lacking greatly because of the societal problem of teen drug abuse. (Callahan 1) The achievement of high school students is affected by the usage of drugs and alcohol. Many factors can lead to the usage of drugs.
Alcoholism amongst college students is a growing epidemic. I will examine the causes of alcoholism in students and examine the effects it has on health. Alcoholism can be broadly defined as any drinking of alcohol that results in problems. This is why the drinking that takes place in college can be considered alcoholism instead of just binge drinking. Binge drinking in college is actually alcoholism because it leads to many problems.
The common expectation of many college students are away from home for the first time of what is to come is often a large factor in alcohol abuse. Often students assume that everyone in college are drinking, partying and abusing alcohol. Almost every motion picture popular among high school student’s present college as a cultural experience instead of an educational one. When students go away to colleges they are confronted by unexpected challenges that are not addressed in their previous envision of college. Throughout the stages of when youth begin to take risks and experiment as they transition from childhood to adulthood can be the effects of several factors, but ultimately every individual is responsible for the choices they make.
Abstract: 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 possibly death” (Nelson 2005: 441). This research paper seeks to better understand certain predictors to college binge drinking.
Introduction College is a new atmosphere, an environment that is filled with teenagers going through new transitions. Incoming students are ready to experiment and desperate to fit in, making this group dangerously eager to satisfy their ego. The perception of binge drinking among college students is skewed to an extreme that provides an excuse for consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. It is important to understand variables that may affect understanding and decisions that leads to abusing alcohol. It is intended to present factors that can help prevent circumstances and situations that put students’ health at risk.
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.