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According to Health Day News, “one study found that in 2011, 36 percent of U.S. college students said they'd gone binge drinking (five or more drinks in one sitting) within the past two weeks, as compared to 43 percent of college students in 1988. Since 2006, the current law has reduced the rate of drunk driving crashes among young Americans” (Preidt, 2014 and DeJong, 2014). This proves that lives have been saved after the legal drinking age increased. According to an article in Time Magazine called “Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered?”, “lowering the drinking age to 18 would stop infantilizing college students, but it would probably kill mor... ... middle of paper ... .... 2014. . "Teen Drug Abuse."
Women are considered binge drinkers when they consume four or more drinks in a row. This is a growing problem among college students throughout the country. According to the Harvard study, in 1999, 44 percent of college students were binge drinkers. Results of the survey prove that drinking is the most serious drug problem on college campuses. Henry Wechsler, Ph.D., was the doctor who authored the Harvard study.
Although this disorder is most commonly found amongst people who are overweight, it can be found in a broad range of people with any weight (“Binge Eating Disorder Fact Sheet,” 2012). Binge eating disorder is a growing problem in America affecting college students both physically and mentally. Robin F. Apple, clinical associate professor at Stanford University, suggest binge eaters consume nearly three times the recommended amount of calories by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Binge eaters consume approximately 6,000 calories of food a day versus the recommended daily calorie intake of 2,100 calories (Apple, 7). This could be the reason for them feeling overwhelmingly full after a session of binge eating.
Binge drinking is rampant on today’s colleges and university campuses. Binge drinking is defined as, five or more drinks for a man at any one time, four or more drinks for a woman (Thompson, J.J. 63). A recent survey revealed that almost half of college students engage in binge drinking, and half of those who binge drink do so regularly (McCormick, John; Kalb, Claudia 89). It is not the half that drinks responsibly that needs programs targeting them; it is the other half of students that engage in binge drinking. 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.
People as young as fifteen are able to get their hands on an alcoholic beverage. Alcohol is said to be the chosen drug among high school and college students. Underage drinkers have a tendency to drink more then the general population. It is said that high school students spend approximately $4.2 billion annually on alcohol. This money is spent on 430 gallons of alcoholic beverages, and 4 million cans of beer.
Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with many undesirable health and social consequences for individuals who chose to partake in such behavior, and accounts for approximately $184 billion in overall economic costs in the United States annually (Nelson 2005). Among college students alone, excessive alcohol abuse accounts for roughly 1,400 deaths and nearly 500,000 injuries per year (Nelson 2005). Although most students first experiment with alcohol in high school... ... middle of paper ... ...tudents and Binge Drinking: An Evaluation of Social Learning Theory.” Sociological Spectrum. Volume 25 (3). 255-272.
By the time the student reaches 12th grade, the study shows that 29 percent of peers will also be binge drinking. The same report also showed that 19.5 percent of 8th graders had been drunk at least once in their lives. By 2007 those numbers were up; 16 percent of 8th graders and 44 percent of 12th graders reported drinking (CDC, Quick Stats). An article by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) states “the earlier young people start drinking and using drugs, the more likely they are to become addicted . .
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Alcohol abuse is one of the biggest issues on college campuses nationwide, but what is it that makes excessive alcohol consumption such a concern in the year 2003? Excessive alcohol consumption is often known as binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of at least five or more alcoholic beverages for men and four or more alcoholic beverages for women in a row on a given occasion (2). Studies show that in addition to the forty-four percent of college students who binge drink, one third of high school seniors also admit to having binged at least once in the two weeks prior to being surveyed. The greatest question posed, is why does such a destructive activity appeal in particular to this age group?