Drugs are so prevalent and widely-used on college campuses around the country for various reasons, but it is important that we reduce the amount of drug abuse by students. It is important that we prevent substance and drug abuse by college students because it is affecting the safety, learning, and success of all college students around the nation. Results of substance and drug abuse can range from missing class and failing exams to being sexually assaulted or even death. Each year, approximately 1,700 students enrolled in two- and four-year institutions die from alcohol-related causes, mostly due to motor vehicle crashes (Barry and Cell 2-2). More than 600,000 students are hit or assaulted by another drinking student, while an estimated 97,000 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape (Barry and Cell 2-2).
These consequences consist of but not limited to sexual assaults, alcohol poisoning, and death. Binge drinking a serious problem on college campuses across the nation including the University of Iowa. There is currently many solutions in place at the university and in the Iowa City area, but they haven’t had the effect that is needed and the binge drinking rate still remains above the national average. This is why the legal drinking age needed to be lowered to eighteen to help combat the amount of binge drinking in college students at the University of Iowa.
Abstract: As recognition grows that binge drinking on colleges nationwide is more prevalent than ever, school administrators and parents alike are seeking useful intervention to combat this issue. Studies have determined that “students’ use of alcohol is shaped, to some extent; by how much they think other students on campus drink” (Wechsler 2000:57). Most college students are in the particular age group that statistically has the highest rate of binge drinking. According to the American Journal of Public Health, this leads college students who decide to overindulge “extremely vulnerable to such health problems as: injuries from related car crashes; unplanned and unsafe sex; assault and aggressive behavior; alcohol dependence; and possibly death” (Nelson 2005: 441). This research paper seeks to better understand certain predictors to college binge drinking.
Binge drinking in college is actually alcoholism because it leads to many problems. These problems include mental and physical health problems, injury, death, destruction of property, and sexual assault. Studies show that one cause of alcoholism in college students can be due to a family history of alcohol abuse. In a study conducted from 2005-2006 amongst four hundred and eight college students, the students were asked to complete an anonymous survey for course credit over their drinking habits. The study found that there was an overall prevalence of students with drinking problems who have paternal history, the percentage being 65.9%.
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
Additionally, if there is a problem that affects a person’s safety, it also needs to be addressed. Alcohol has become a big part of college, as we all know. In The "Risky Business" of Binge Drinking Among College Students, author Joyce M. Wolburg gives many statistics about the harm that alcohol brings to college campuses. About five and a half billion dollars’ worth of alcohol is bought by college students annually, which is more than tuition, books, and rooms combined (Wolburg 24). It is one thing if we spend a lot of money for college itself, but when students have the desire to buy alcohol in that kind of manner, we have to understand that there is a problem t... ... middle of paper ... ...d or affected in a negative way.
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.
“80 percent of teen-agers have tried alcohol, and that alcohol was a contributing factor in the top three causes of death among teens: accidents, homicide and suicide” (Underage, CNN.com pg 3). Students may use drinking as a form of socializing, but is it really as good as it seems? The tradition of drinking has developed into a kind of “culture” fixed in every level of the college student environment. Customs handed down through generations of college drinkers reinforce students' expectation that alcohol is a necessary ingredient for social success. These perceptions of drinking are the going to ruin the lives of the students because it will lead to the development alcoholism.
What Causes Binge Drinking Binge Drinking is an intriguing phenomenon that many college students take part in all across the country. The issue of binge drinking has been a problem on college campuses for decades. Binge drinking has many horrible effects, but the problem starts with the causes for it. If the causes could be controlled then the issue would not get out of hand. Many college students give different causes for their drinking problems, and experts on the subject have their explanations as well.
On college campuses across America, the use of alcohol has been an topic in need of explanation for many years. The concept will be explaned with emphise on the negative effects of hooch. Alcohol in cardio-sport athletes is especially harmful. But at any rate the negative concepts apply to all student. Besides the fact that a large number of students are underage when they drink, alcohol can put students in dangerous situations and give them a headache long after the hangover is gone.