“Approximately 1 in 4 college students report academic problems from drinking, including missing classes, falling behind in classes, and doing poorly on exams and papers, receiving lower grades overall” (Alzheimer Fact Sheet). Of course failing does not necessarily define you, but going to college is not free and trying to get your grades up in a short period of time is not an easy task. “A national survey showed that college students, binge drinkers who consume alcohol at least 3 times per week were roughly 6 times more likely than those who do not binge drink to perform poorly on a test or project due as a result of drinking (40 percent vs. 7 percent)” (Alzheimer Fact Sheet). Studies prove that binge drinking is not beneficial for educational purposes and I do not think this is helping my friend by any
Binge Drinking Binge drinking results from a student's submission to peer pressure, the lack of outside control over the student, and the denial that drinking leads to severe consequences. Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks in a row for men and four or more drinks in a row for women during a two week period (Wechsler). Many students partake in binge drinking to be socially accepted into a group. Other students find it difficult to make the choice to be the sober outsider. Many binge drinkers realize that there is little immediate outside influence to push them away from the alcohol and they abuse their independence.
Even though many college campuses in America have mental health facilities, many students don’t ask for support with their anxiety, depression or stress. Suicide is the second most common killer of university students, vehicle accidents being the first. The amount of pressure that these students face can be the base of psychological
College students who habitually spend their free time partying and drinking will often see a drop in their grades. According to a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “25 percent of college student … miss class, do poorly on exams or papers, and receive lower grade overall” [as a result of their alcohol abuse] (Wechsler et al.,). For example, if a student is suffering from a hangover, they are more likely to miss class, consequential in failing grades. Additionally, “there is some evidence that chronic drinkers have a hard time keeping their attention focused and maintaining their concentration” (Grades and Alco... ... middle of paper ... ...t in helping a student that is passed out without the fear of being in legal or academic trouble. Lastly, having “safe ride” program would prevent the student from drinking and driving, especially at night.
This money is spent on 430 gallons of alcoholic beverages, and 4 million cans of beer. The type of school, location, the ethnic and gender makeup plays a role in the amount of drinking that occurs among students (Peterson, 2003). Studies show that students drink more when they are in a group, which speaks to peer influences. When it comes to drinking at parties there is no legal age so to speak. When someone goes to a party they don't get carded, they get a cup.
For the average student, this situation is extremely stressful and uncomfortable. For students who suffer from depression, these feelings are multiplied. According to an article by Josephine Marcotty in Minneapolis’ Star Tribune from April 10, college students lead “hyper-enriched lives,” said Greg Kneser, dean of students at St. Olaf College. That’s what makes this generation of students distinct from its predecessors, he said. That is why more students who cannot cope with these feelings end up at college counseling centers with “increasingly serious mental-health problems.” 15 to 20 percent of college students nationally were diagnosed with depression.
The fact that half the students are underage makes them more rebellious and wanting to feel above the law, often ending in underage drinking. The articles that will be reviewed and discussed in this paper demonstrate the importance of substance-free residence halls and a survey taken to analyze the effects of alcohol on campus. Substance-free residence halls are a common piece of the university puzzle. In particular, many of the campuses are considered a “dry campus,” meaning that alcohol is not to be housed or consumed on campus, even if the person is of legal age, twenty-one. Alternately, a “wet campus” means that students who are twenty-one and over can house and consume alcohol within their dormitories.
In fact, stress is inevitable. Sometimes stress forces students to reach their goals and get their tasks done like studies and homework. But when stress is too much, it may stop students from working properly, and accomplishing things. College freshmen suffer from stress due to adjusting their completely new college life. A survey done by American College Health Association National College Health Assessment in 2012 spring shows that over 50% of the college students reported that their stress levels are above average (Moran, 2013).
According to National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 1,800 college students die from alcohol-related causes every year, while about 800,000 are being assaulted by other students because of drinking. About one in every four college students who binge drink also admit that they have experienced academic problems. Binge drinking is drinking multiple drinks in just a few hours to get drunk. Despite the fact that college drinking has caused many issues, it has not been stopped, yet. In article, “Why Colleges Haven’t Stopped Binge Drinking,” McMurtrie (2014) explains that this issue has not been resolved yet because many people still see alcohol abuse as general issue instead of seeing it an individual behavior.
This paper aims to discuss both the scope of binge drinking on the campuses of America’s colleges and universities and techniques used to combat it. At the same time America has managed to keep the same percentage of its students from drinking entirely for the last five years, binge drinking has been on the rise (Thompson, J.J. 63). While 49 percent of college students binge, only 28 percent of their non-college counterparts do (McCormick, John; Kalb, Claudia 89), clearly illustrating the divide that exists between students and non-students. These figures are upsetting in that one would expect universities to be the breeding ground for new leaders and innovative thinkers in society while these figures make today’s college campuses look like nothing more than National Lampoon’s Animal House- a drunken debauchery. Consider these facts: For women, this study found that 80% of sorority house residents had binged during the last 2 weeks prior to this study compared with 58% of non-resident sorority women, and 35% of non-Greek women.