Andrew Sell 5/7/12 Daniel Long WRTG 1150 College Binge Drinking The United States has some of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the world but there is a rampant epidemic plaguing these schools. Approximately eighty percent of college students drink alcohol and forty to fifty percent engage in binge drinking, which is defined as four or more drinks at a time for women and five or more drinks at a time for men; almost one-quarter of students report engaging in frequent binge drinking, three or more binge drinking events during a two week period (Prenovost 379). Binge drinking is associated with many negative consequences including; poor performance in school, arguing with friends, engaging
Rachel Shumate Mrs. Doss English 10 12/5/12 Why People Should Not Drive Drunk Every year 1.5 million people get pulled over for DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). One third of those people are repeat offenders, who even though they got pulled over once, go out and drive drunk again because they have no serious punishments (Curran, 1). Drunk drivers should be imprisoned on the first offense because they are endangering the lives of the other people around them. People who are arrested for DWIs are commonly known repeat offenders. About 1.5 million people get arrested for DUI (Driving under the Influence) each year (DeMichele, 1).
“More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year—about 4.65 a day—as a result of alcohol-related injuries” (The Marin Institute). With a number as high as this, lowering the drinking age would only increase this ongoing problem of underage drinking. It has even been proven by the Marin Institute to be the leading cause of death among teenagers. Many adults feel as if the 18 to 21 age groups cannot handle drinking responsibly, then they should not be permitted to use it. Alcohol is a very serious depressant and one of the leading problems for death (Hanson, 2007).
The Dangers Of Teen Drinking While alcohol is legal to people age twenty-one and up, most teenagers partake in events that involve alcohol. However teens do not realize that alcohol is a drug. Averaging from the age of twelve to seventeen, alcohol is the highest used drug. (DiscoveryHealth.com) Teenagers may just think of this as a beverage to become more social or to fit in but do not realize the hard facts of alcohol. It has lasting effects on a developing brain of a teenager, it can affect everyday life, and the long term effects of alcohol can permanently damage one's body.
ALCOHOL USE AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS According to a 2009 study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, each year, more than 1,825 college students die from alcohol-related accidents and nearly 600,000 are injured while drunk. Another 696,000 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking and 97,000 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape. (Dejong, W., Larimer, M.E., Wood, M.D., and Hartman, R.) In college, beer is typically cheap and easily attainable even for underage students. All too often, drinking gets out of control. This is a problem not only for students but also for the University and the Community as well.
Some factors are culture, psychographic related behaviors, and other activities (Krzysztof 2). Some demographic factors are age below 21, male gender, initial years in a university, white race, residence on campus, fraternity membership and lower academic performance (Krzysztof 2). This evidence shows that binge drinking is a very widely spread problem among high school students, not just college students. Many students have drunk alcohol in high school, which is during a time of growth. During adolescence, one’s brain goes through major changes that include physiological, psychological, and social changes (Crego 2).
Drinking privately is extremely unsafe and when kids are in a situation they can't handle, they can then ask for help. Majority of teens are capable of being responsible and can handle the low age. This will alleviate all the problems with college students. Underage drinking is a huge problem in the United States because it has one of the highest ages in the
To which Claire replies, “That game exists. It's called alcoholism” (“Modern Family”).Yes, they can recognize that alcoholism is a real thing, but they brush it off as if it is simply a game as do many other family drama on television today. However, on the reservation where Victor grew up, alcoholism is a very real problem. More specifically, alcohol presents itself to be a problem with Victor’s dad, who was known for getting drunk while listening to Jimi Hendrix record all night. The “Modern Family” make light of it as a joke, but for Victor’s family, it became one of the key factors in the downfall of their
It is known in our country that one of the main things college students are good at is partying. Everyone knows that college students drink way too much than they need to, we hear about this in the media when they mention a case of alcohol poisoning on campus or in the dorms. We also see it in many Universities across the country; such as Chico State in California and UCSB, two of the biggest party schools in California, however the question is what causes these students to binge drink so much? As a college student this question has more than one answer to it; some of the factors that explain why college students binge drink is because they are either involved with greek life or they do it for social acceptance around others that binge drink, others might not binge drink because they are more responsible and aware of their actions and some don’t drink at all because of religious reasons. Certain college organizations such as fraternities and sororities can also influence binge-drinking.
The results for mean of sum for all academic year were surprising. In contrast to initial hypothesis: freshman in college will be relatively frequent smoker and against the smoking ban on campus, juniors were relatively frequent smoker. Effects of Difference in Academic Year on Smoking in College Smoking cigarette has been serious leading preventable cause of disability, disease and death in the United States. According to the data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2008, smoking causes about 483,000 deaths each year, with approximately 38,000 deaths a year attributed to second-hand smoke. It was also shown that smoking prevalence peaks in early adulthood including college students, with well over one-third of those aged 18-25 years reporting smoking in the past month.