Smoking in Bars Within the last several years, health issues toward smoking have become a very popular issue. All over the nation, college students are having to deal with secondhand smoke any time they want to go out and socialize with their friends in a bar. Secondhand smoke can be very detrimental to anybody that it encounters. It is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer and coronary heart disease in nonsmoking adults (TIPS). For years communities have been working to get smoking out of their workplaces, restaurants, and now they are pushing to ban smoking from bars.
Drinking alcohol has become a large part of college environments and it can range from a simple glass of wine in a dorm room to a keg stands at a house party. By lowering the drinking age to eighteen it would be easier to combat the problem of binge drinking in college students in Iowa City and the troubles that arise from it. Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of alcohol that raises a person’s blood alcohol concentration in a short amount of time. It is not only bad for your body, but is also highly dangerous. This usually means five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women in a two hour time span.
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
Causes and Effects of Binge Drinking In many of the colleges and universities today, there are a tremendous amount of students who Drink. The students who consume at least five drinks in a row at one point during a two week period are considered Binge Drinkers. Binge Drinking by college students is the cause to some of the students’ deaths, causes some students grades to fall, and is very dangerous and unhealthy. The overwhelming amount of college students deaths caused by binge drinking has increased greatly by about 44 percent. To go along with the amount of deaths is the amount of life long injuries one may obtain from binge drinking.
Remorseless drinking has long been as much a ritual of university life as football, final exams, and frat-parties! Alcohol abuse goes on quite often on college campuses regardless of ones age. A great many problems related to alcohol use among college students is in direct correlation to the national drinking age in this country. A 1996 study found that eighty-four percent of college students under the age of twenty-one drink (Jones 64). Although one may not have access to alcohol at a bar, but a student may be drinking at a party or may just have an older friend buy their alcohol.
According to collegedrinkingprevention.org, 31% of college students fit the criteria for an alcoholic and 25% of all college freshmen drop out of college due to alcohol and drug related problems. I do not believe that dropping out is part... ... middle of paper ... .... 2014. . Herman-Kinny, Nancy J., and David A. Kinny. "Staying “Dry” on a “Wet” campus" Michael Kremer and Dan Levy “Peer Effects and Alcohol Use among College Students” http://www.jstor.org/ web. 2008 Amy M. Wolaver “Does Drinking Affect Grades More For Women?
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.
Although, many club owners are worried about losing revenue they should consider the cost of just one teen caught drinking in their club. Denying entry to anyone under the age twenty one into a club not only benefit the twenty one and up crowd but also club owners, parents, and teens themselves. Works Cited "Alcohol and Development in Youth-A Multidisciplinary Overview." Alcohol Research and Health 28.3 (2005): 111-20. ProQuest.
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.
College Students and Alcohol College student drunkenness is far from new and neither are college and university efforts to control it. What is new, however, is the potential to make real progress on this age-old problem based on scientific research results. New research-based information about the consequences of high-risk college drinking and how to reduce it can empower colleges and universities, communities, and other interested organizations to take effective action. Hazardous drinking among college students is a widespread problem that occurs on campuses of all sizes and geographic locations. A recent survey of college students conducted by the Harvard University School of Public Health reported that 44 percent of respondents had drunk more than five drinks (four for women) consecutively in the previous two weeks.