Pros and Cons of Alcohol Consumption in College

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According to a study done by the University of Michigan, binge drinking affects approximately forty percent of college students and there are many causes and effects as to why binge drinking is so prominent in the college life. Drinking can be detrimental, especially when you're in a college setting, but drinking can also have its benefits as well. Drinking can fuel fun activities, bring creativity to the table, and allow a chance to relieve the stress of classes. Depending on how much alcohol is consumed, and in what time period it is being consumed, drinking can cause the following problems: slurred speech, drowsiness, vomiting, upset stomach, headaches, breathing difficulties, distorted vision, impaired judgment, and even blackouts.
College students generally associate parties with drinking. They assume that if you are at a party, alcohol will be involved. Especially on four year campuses that have many fraternities and sororities, alcohol is even more prominent. “Thirsty Thursday” is something that was created by taverns and bars to endorse specials and get people in their doors to spend money, but it is more commonly known for when college students get drunk and start the weekend off early, as many colleges don’t have many classes scheduled on Fridays. Drinking is so prominent in our daily lives, due to the fact that there are so many things that promote it. Examples include: marketing, school projects, family gatherings, work outings, sporting events, concerts, peer pressure, and other random social events that seem to always include alcoholic beverages.
Marketing is one of the biggest causes as to why drinking is all around us. Marketing is the achievement of promoting and selling products or services, which also includes ...

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...decide. You’re in control of your own future. It can be whatever you make it, but there are many consequences to drinking and in many people’s eyes, the risk isn’t worth taking. Getting drunk and living recklessly can be a lot of fun but what it all comes down to is: what are your values, and what really matters to you?

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