Majority of the college students, think that now that they have more freedom, they are able to do whatever they feel like including binge drinking to feel like a true adult. “Researcher Henry Wechsler says that the study, which appeared in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), found that 50 percent of male students and 39 percent of female students are binge drinkers” (College Students as Binge Drinkers, 1995). When college students attend parties, they end up drinking excessively, but most of the time there are no reasons behind this social endeavor. There may be some college students that think they have had enough to drink, but when they see their other friends pick up another cup, they automatically have the instinct themselves to grab something else to drink. Peer Pressure is the number one factor for college students to binge drink.
They think it should be lowered to 18 for many reasons. For one, being 18 means one is technically an adult and are able to smoke, vote, and register to serve our country, then why can’t you have a beer with some friends? This makes one an adult and see adults drinking all the time, but you are not able to just seems unfair. One could be going out to war and putting their life on the line, but when they come back, they are not able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with some friends may seem outrageous to them. The television promotes drinking all the time too.
As stated in the textbook, Sociology Now, “Around thirty-one percent of college students qualify for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and over six percent of students for a diagnosis of alcohol dependency”. Many of the problems with alcohol abuse on college campuses in America is due to the institution of binge drinking at parties as well as “kick-backs”. Kick-backs are a smaller and more toned down party, that usuallyjust consists of close friends. Binge drinking is the consumption of large amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time; it is defined as consuming five or more drinks in a row for males and four or more drinks for females (Kimmel). Due to this widespread phenomenon of binge drinking, American college students spend an average of over 5.5 billion dollars a year on alcohol.
I think that if you grow up around a legal drinking age of 18 instead of 21 kids would mature more at any earlier age. I think that the fact that teens cannot drink legally makes them want to drink more, and go crazy. Colleges all over the world have been starting an
Whether the legal drinking age should be lowered to eighteen or remain at twenty one is a big issue right now to lots of people. The younger crowd will most likely argue that it should be lowered to eighteen, but they have many legit reasons why it should be. The legal drinking age should be lowered because it is already easily accessible to them, the percentage of reckless teen alcohol abusers will be reduced and also because at the age of eighteen you are legally considered an adult. Almost all teens between the ages of 14-17 have tried alcohol before. Majority of the time it is given to them by someone between the ages of 18-21.
You make it downtown meeting people bouncing from party to party, consuming beverage after beverage. You don’t even know what you’re drinking, but you like it. Eventually, the night becomes a blur and the next thing you know, you wake up in a hospital bed. You are told your stomach has been pumped, you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus, and just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, you find a underage citation sitting next to your bed. B. Orienting Material 1.p Introduce topic clearly: I am here today to speak and raise awareness of excessive alcohol consumption on college campuses.
Hanson, and I believe that some of the reason why students drink to excess is because of that adrenaline rush they get from breaking the rules. My parents, among many other adults, have told me that once you reach the legal drinking age, getting excessively intoxicated loses its thrill. Perhaps if we were to lower the drinking age to eighteen, we would see less college students admitted to hospitals with alcohol poisoning and other alcohol related issues. Overall, a lower drinking age seems like a good idea to me. It would allow students in college to go out and enjoy themselves without being stressed out about breaking the law, as well as possibly lower the number of alcohol related injuries and incidents.
Unfortunately, many of these underage drinkers often abuse alcohol (Chikritzhs, Jonas, Stockwell, Heale, & Dietze, 2001). Binge drinking can cause serious injury and many college and high school kids are dying from over consumption of alcohol (Chikritzhs et al. 2001). Binge drinking is identified as the number one health hazard for American college students today (Courtney & Polich, 2009). It is a common pattern of excessive
Most teens are opened up to alcohol when they turn 18, which is the legal age to be considered an adult by the United States’ government, or their first semester of college. When teens first start drinking they do not know how to handle drinking alcohol. Most all college students participate in “pre-gaming”, which is where the kids will drink in their dorm room or other unsupervised places before they go out to a party or a get together. If we lowered the drinking age from 21 to 18 it would have more pros come out of it than cons such as it would teach kids more responsibility by taking alcohol classes and going through a process similar to the procedure someone has to go through to get their license, there would be a lower number of kids drinking
The first point people have against lowering the drinking age make is that most 18-year olds are mature enough. They believe that young adults do not know when to stop and that they will just drink until they have alcohol poisoning. The second point opposes make is that lowering the drinking age will create alcoholics. They believe that even at 18-years old people are susceptible to gaining a dependence on something like alcohol. If the drinking age is 21 then by that time they will have a strong mind to not be dependent.