The fourth question was, "Have you ever drank alcohol before driving and 68% said yes! One of the last questions I asked was, "What would you do if you killed someone drinking and driving?" The majority replied that they could not live with themselves. Just through talking to people and going to parties, I have seen most people drink to get drunk, not many people drink just a drink or two. Many students don't feel that drinking is a crime because they are not hurting any one unless they are driving drunk.
Alcohol is the main beverage for parties and special occasions in the United States. Many people decide to drink alcohol because it helps them relax, ease tension and socializing. Even most non-drinkers are forced to drink alcohol because of peer pressure. Hebert Moskowitz, the president of the Southern California Research Institute in Los Angeles, concedes that “alcohol has been so popular these days; it seems as though alcohol is a requirement for parties” (Moskowitz, 13). Unfortunately, most UNM students do not know their limits for alcohol consumption.
Every high school senior’s dream is college: continuing education away from parental guidance, no one to watch their every move, and of course, older, newer people to be around. To ask college freshmen their plans for a Friday or Saturday night it is shocking to hear going out (drinking in other words) as a response. The opportunity to expand their knowledge to pursue a career for the rest of their lives wasted on binge drinking is troublesome. Stated by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “binge drinking is a term meaning excessive alcohol consumption bringing blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.8 g/dL” As the drinking age is 21, which was raised due to the number of drunk driving accidents skyrocketing after teenagers would drive between the states to drink at the age 18. Many things influence drinking, not just underage drinking in college students; family perception of alcohol plays a major role in binge drinking.
Ninety percent of alcohol addictions start in the teenage years. Very rarely do teenagers live on their own, meaning that almost all teenagers go home at some point in the day to their parents. Anyone under the age of 21 that consumes alcohol is considered an underage drinker. Adolescents often don’t realize the damaging effects drinking can have on their communities, their families, and their lives. Underage drinking, besides being illegal, is a broad public health problem that presents many risks.
Greek members and Athlete students are involved with drugs and alcohol more than college students that are not part of Greek life or athletes. As of the peer pressure and the exposure exhibited in their surroundings does have an impact on their use of drugs and alcohol. For most students, they like to go to college to gain new opportunities to experience college life and to experiment with different things. The United States has over 7,000 higher education institutions and over 15 million students (Brain Track, 2013). Drug and alcohol use is not new to the college life.
(2007). The effects of heavy episodic alcohol use on student engagement, academic performance, and time use. Retrieved from http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_college_student_development/v048/48.4porter.html Thombs, D., Olds, R., Bondy, S., Winchell, J., Baliunas, D., & Rehm, J. (2009, september). undergraduate drinking and college performance.
When he arrived at the University of Oregon he was not a drinker, but over the past three years he has become more and more likely to drink alcohol. His friends are becoming worried that he has a drinking problem. Little do they realize the problem is not just Joe and his love for alcohol. It goes far beyond that to what happens when kids, well not really kids anymore, but young innocent 18 year old men and women, move away to college. When these fresh college students finally get out of their parents' house they are ready to party, and this usually involves drinking a decent amount of alcohol.
Remorseless drinking has long been as much a ritual of university life as football, final exams, and frat-parties! Alcohol abuse goes on quite often on college campuses regardless of ones age. A great many problems related to alcohol use among college students is in direct correlation to the national drinking age in this country. A 1996 study found that eighty-four percent of college students under the age of twenty-one drink (Jones 64). Although one may not have access to alcohol at a bar, but a student may be drinking at a party or may just have an older friend buy their alcohol.
A recent survey of college students conducted by the Harvard University School of Public Health reported that 44 percent of respondents had drunk more than five drinks (four for women) consecutively in the previous two weeks. About 23 percent had had three or more such episodes during that time. The causes of this problem are the fact that students are living by themselves no longer with parents or guardians; they earn their own money; students need to be a part of a group, be accepted; and they have the wrong idea that to feel drunk is “cool.” Although high-risk drinkers are a minority in all ethnic groups, their behavior is far from a harmless “rite of passage.” In fact, drinking has pervasive consequences that compel our attention. The most serious consequence of high-risk college drinking is death. The U.S. Department of Education has evidence that at least 84 college students have died since 1996 because of alcohol poisoning or related injury—and they believe the actual total is higher because of incomplete reporting.
Although there are other reasons a student may choose to binge drink, the influence of friends, the lack of outside control and the denial of drinking-related problems are the main forces driving the need to consume alcohol to the point of physical harm. The desire to be social enhances the willingness to binge drink. Social drinking has become a necessary activity at most weekend college parties. Students seek information about the type of alcoholic beverages available prior to attending a party. Having a few drinks has become synonymous with having a good time.