Binge Drinking Among College Students

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Binge Drinking Among College Students What happens behind closed doors at colleges and universities is a mystery to most people. In the United States, the most frequent thing happening behind closed doors is binge drinking. Binge drinking is the rapid consumption of alcoholic beverages and it is seen and a widespread issue among colleges. Quick consumptions of drinks can result in poisoning and death along with many more safety and health issues. College students also feel very rebellious when it comes to drinking before they are twenty-one. An effective way to reduce binge drinking and the issues involved with it such as death and drunk driving, the legal drinking age should be lowered to eighteen. Doing this would help to calm down the college population. Binge drinking is considered the consumption of five or more alcoholic beverages within a short period of time. The consumption of too many alcoholic beverages can result in many safety issues such as an increase in drunk drivers, drug use and inappropriate sexual behaviors. It can also result in health issues, such as becoming dependent on alcohol, internal damage and even death. According to a Binge Drinking Systematic Review, in 2012 “9.3 million individuals’ ages 12 to 20 reported drinking alcohol in the past month” (Bridges and Sharma). There has also been research comparing college students and non-colleges students and the research showed college students are actually more involved with drinking than the non-college students. Binge drinking can be very dangerous and should be addressed. Going to college can be a whole new experience, it is new freedom. Students develop this mentality that they are invincible and nothing bad could ever happen to them. The problem w... ... middle of paper ... ...the legal drinking age to eighteen, then we would have a better control on their health and safety. Binge drinking has become a serious problem in the U.S and we need a more effective strategy, one that has not been used and that is lowering the drinking age. Lowering the drinking age would cause college students to calm down. Of course they will still drink, but in a less rebellious way. Lowering the drinking age would help to keep a handle of drinking on campuses and make it more responsible. This strategy of lowering the age would also reduce many deaths and hospitalizations. Also, the number of college kids who participate in drunk driving would reduce as well, along with the many health concerns involved. If the legal drinking age was lowered from twenty-one to eighteen, then much improvement would be seen in the binge drinking problem among college students.
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