To go along with the amount of deaths is the amount of life long injuries one may obtain from binge drinking. As David L. Marcus states, in recent newspapers, headlines are troubling. “ A 20-year-old student at Georgetown University dies in a fight after drinking. A fraternity member at the University of Michigan shoots a 19-year-old pledge with a pellet gun at a keg party. A party at Washington State University turns into a 500-student brawl.” (David L. Marcus) These incidents that occurred were only at three universities out of hundreds.
It is not exaggerating according to Hitt’s nephew’s description that two students died and five were seriously injured owing to binge drinking, in “the Battle of the Binge”. These accidents happened in a college with roughly 1300 students; comparing to normal mortality rate, 7 out of 1300 should be high enough to attract the attention of the society. Wechsler et al. also demonstrate the existence of the problems caused by binge drinking by conducting a survey, which ultimately shows a strong relationship between the frequency of binge drinking and alcohol-related problems. What’s worse, like second-hand cigarettes, non-drinking students in a college with large portion of binge drinkers are more likely to be victims of alcohol-related problems, and the phenomenon can be defined as second-hand binge
One frightening statistic that shows how much this problem has been increasing is that between 1948 and 1988 the percent of teen drinkers increased by 57 percent (Nielsen 47). Many parents may think that their child may not drink until they are much older, but the average age that teenagers try alcohol is between the ages twelve and sixteen (9). Also, a 1995 study taken by the University of Michigan stated that 35 out of 100 high school seniors drank 5 or more drinks at one time at least once during their two week survey period (Claypool 10). “ A recent poll by the National Association of Student Councils found that alcohol was the leading school problem and 46 percent [of students] said it was the school’s most serious problem (Monroe 53).” This may be because alcohol is very dangerous because it is a poisonous drug that can be very addictive (Mitchell 6). In order to help solve this problem of underage drinking we must first try to understand why teens drink alcohol.
“About 1,825 college students in the United States alone die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries and 1.2 and 1.5 percent admit that they have tried to attempt suicide due to drinking”(Binge Drinking in College). The factors of binge drinking eventually add up and the misconception of the brain can prompt fatalities. “In 2014, Tucker Arnold, who attended Texas Tech lost his life in an automobile accident with an extreme amount of alcohol in his system” (Recent Alcohol-Related Student Deaths). Another report was released a week after Arnold’s death, “Dalton Debrick, only 18 at the time, died after becoming unresponsive due to alcohol intoxication” (Recent Alcohol-Related Student Deaths). These are only a few examples of how lethal being caught up in the partying scene can actually
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. When alcohol-related traffic crashes and off-campus injuries are taken into consideration, it is estimated that over 1,400 college students die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries. Additionally, over 500,000 full-time students sustain nonfatal unintentional injuries, and 600,000 are hit or assaulted by another student who has been drinking. Administrators are well aware of the burden alcohol presents to the campus environment. In addition, the 1997, 1999, and 2001 Harvard surveys found that the majority of students living in dorms and Greek residences, who do not drink excessively, still experience day-to-day problems as a result of other students’ misuse of alcohol.
This usually means five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women in a two hour time span. Although most college students are not legal to drink alcohol until their junior year, about four out of five college students drink alcohol. These students may drink for many reasons such as peer-pressure, wanting to experiment, and many more. Of the college students who drink about half of them choose to consume alcohol by binge drinking. Binge drinking increases the risk of suffering from alcohol poisoning that could even result in death.
While, there should be more government programs to educate and prevent people from driving intoxicated. More and more people under the age of 21 are experiencing alcohol. "A survey released by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA) found that by the time Texas teenagers are seniors in high school, more than 80% of the teens admit to having some experience with alcohol. The same study found that secondary students say it's easy to get beer, wine or liquor" (Westbrook). Texas is a zero tolerance state for underage drinking it has some of the strictest penalties for underage drinking, and if 80% of the teenagers in Texas have had experiences with alcohol that tells me that the campaigns against underage drinking, and zero tolerance programs are not working.
His mother was very aware of the signs. His grades went down, he started skipping classes, he lied to his mother, he was hanging out with friends who drank a lot and were always in trouble. Fortunately, he was given a second chance and he is in a program that is helping him recover. Teen drinking and alcoholism can be treated if treatment is started early. There is no known cure for alcoholism, but alcoholics can lead productive lives with help.
Some examples of this can be St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, etc. This shows how culture, even if it is not your own, can play a role in binge drinking. There are around 6 million college students in the United States that are exposed to binge drinking on their campuses. Only about 40% of them admit to binge drinking which is about 3,600,000 students that are harming their bodies during their developmental years. The human brain isn’t fully developed until their mid-twenties so drinking alcohol before it is fully developed can impact their memory, vision, speech etc.
Binge Drinking on College Campuses High school is over and it is your first time away form home, what are you going to do? The typical college student wants to party! Of the people that were surveyed over half believed that the legal drinking age should be lowered. [O’Kane 1] The legal age to drink in the United States is now 21 years old; college freshman, sophomores, and some juniors are not of the legal age to drink. This causes a problem on many campuses; several students are experiencing their first time away from parental care in a setting sinonomus with drinking and clubbing.