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.
Although many teenagers tend to disregard the law, the legal drinking age in the United States is twenty-one. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “8.7 million people ages 12-20 reported drinking alcohol in the past month” (“Alcohol Facts,” 2015). Of this group, 14% binge drink, and 3.7% admit to being heavy drinkers. Underage drinking can lead to greater issues, such as drinking and driving, alcohol poisoning, and violence (“Teenage Drinking,” n.d.). Underage drinking affects not only the minor, but the people around them as well.
As a college student I have to bring up a problem that has recently caught my eye. Drinking in the college environment has done much harm to the well-being of the students. The more I see drunken people around campus the more I become concerned for their safety. As I think about this more I start to question if we as body should be allowed to even possess alcohol, regardless of age. While alcohol incidents that include death are very seldom, many other categories have gone up; the number of binge drinkers-those who intend to drink to get drunk- has gone up, the number of Minor in Consumption tickets has gone up and the number of alcohol-related crimes has increased.
These perceptions of drinking are the going to ruin the lives of the students because it will lead to the development alcoholism. College students who drink a lot, while in a college environment, will damage themselves mentally, physically, and socially later in life, because alcohol adversely affects the brain, the liver, and the drinkers behavior. The customs that college students go through are mostly a result of the environment they live in. The walls of college sports arenas everywhere have advertisements from alcohol industry sponsors somewhere, even if it is in the smallest area, it is still visible. Magness Arena does not have advertisements on the walls but they do sell beer to students.
Due to the boring college life, many students choose binge drinking as a way to get relaxed and have fun with good friends, but this strategy is something like drinking poison to quench thirst. Drunk driving, fighting and unprotected sex are common consequences from binge drinking. “Because of lethal sexually transmitted disease, the easy availability of weapons, and roads filled with high-speed automobiles, the consequences of alcohol abuse are much more deadly today” (Wechsler et al. 337). 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 problems can make a person very addicted to drinking because they already have an imbalance of chemicals in their brain. This is especially true for teens because they are still developing and are prone to chemical imbalances. Teens should realize that drinking does not make them cool or help them fit in. Alcohol use is associated with a variety of negative consequences, including increased risk of serious drug use later in life, school failure, and poor judgment puts teens at risk for accidents, violence, unplanned and unsafe sex, and suicide. So what can be done The message is clear: The longer children and teens delay alcohol use, the less likely they are to develop any problems associated with it.
The more teens know about the facts and consequences of this harmful venture the better off they are from becoming one of the many statistics associated with underage drinking. Every day more than 4,750 kids under the age of 16 have their first drink of alcohol, that’s and astounding number of young people whose lives could be ruined by one terrible decision made in their life, the decision to drink illegally. Scores of young kids die every year or suffer serious injuries and punishment due to this illegal endeavor. The number of underage drinkers that suffer grave consequences every year in the United States is well into the thousands. All teenagers have their own reasons for delving into this activity, in the end no excuses or reasons are appropriate to justify this senseless decision to drink illegally.
Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, which affects the way the brain operates. These disruptions can change your mood and behavior, and make it hard to think clearly and move with coordination. Drinking a lot over a long period of time or too much on a single occasion can also damage the heart, causing problems such as Cardiomyopathy, Arrhythmias, stroke, and high blood pressure. However, research also shows that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may protect adults from developing coronary heart disease later on. Heavy drinking can also take a toll on the liver, leading to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including: Steatosis, Alcoholic hepatitis, Fibrosis, and Cirrhosis.
The individuals goal is to become intoxicated while drinking large amounts of alcohol in a span of a few hours. The view towards alcohol from a college student can be seen as fun to get intoxicated. Binge drinking can be different to many people, for instance on the amount of alcohol consumed. Each individual has different limits when consuming alcohol. However, with binge drinking the individual still has the intent to get drunk.
Causes of Student Binge Drinking We've all heard it before: "Too much of anything is bad for us." The amount of binge drinking occurring on American college campuses today proves that college students do not heed this warning. Binge drinking, or drinking for the purpose of getting drunk, harms both drinkers and non-drinkers alike. As today's college students come dangerously close to being swept away in the sea of papers, exams, jobs, and interviews, they use bingeing as the lifeboat that allows them to escape the stress. It allows them to forget their worries, fit in with the crowd, and live on the edge in a fast-paced world that normally does not leave time for such activities.