The people that binge drink the most have more severe problems. These people are more likely, than people who do not drink excessively, to miss class, get behind in their homework or class assignments, involve themselves with sexual activity, not using protection during sexual activity, getting caught by campus security, or maybe even wounded, or seriously injured. “Such heavy alcohol use among American college students has received considerable attention because of high alcohol-related morbidity and mortality is widely considered a public health concern with serious immediate and long-term consequences” (Saylor, 2011). Many college campuses have considered taking serious actions to control the behavior of college students that are binge drinking. Administrators on college campuses have establish a zero tolerance policy for alcohol so that the campus is a dry campus.
The issue of binge drinking has been a problem on college campuses for decades. Binge drinking has many horrible effects, but the problem starts with the causes for it. If the causes could be controlled then the issue would not get out of hand. Many college students give different causes for their drinking problems, and experts on the subject have their explanations as well (Courtney & Polich, 2009). The causes of underage drinking include peer pressure, family history, low self-esteem, and of course curiosity (Courtney & Polich, 2009).
Every year in the United States, countless college students acquire underage drinking citations and are eventually charged with underage drinking. These charges are a black spot on the permanent record of said students and greatly affect their ability to get a job after they graduate. The fact that the number of students charged with underage drinking do not change from year to year clearly indicates that students who are not of legal age are going to continue to consume alcohol regardless of the law. That being said, why haven’t we considered lowering the drinking age to eighteen? I believe that this reason and many other reasons should steer us as a country to consider finally lowering the legal age of consumption of alcohol.
Jonathon Nangle Professor Pekarthy Intro to Sociology April 15, 2010 Alcoholism in America’s Colleges Alcohol is a drug that is used frequently for recreational purposes across the United States of America. Alcohol use is so common and so natural to Americans that it is not seen as harmful and we are often unaware of its long term effects and addictive qualities. Since people in the United States do not usually think about the harmful effects of alcohol, more than six percent of Americans will eventually develop a disease called Alcohol Dependency Syndrome, also known as Alcoholism (Kimmel). Alcoholism is a very serious disease that frequently begins affecting young adults while they are in college; and when people begin developing this
Leana Berube College Composition Persuasive Essay There is no doubt that underage drinking has been a huge problem in the United States since the ban of prohibition was lifted. There is something about how alcohol is illegal that gives underage drinkers a thrill. Every year around this time, millions of American kids graduate from high school, throw massive parties and get drunk. Police end up arresting a lot of these kids, causing them legal trouble for months or even years. So, every year around this time, there's a new debate about whether the drinking age should lower or even abolish.
Brandon Corris English 60 M. Shahisaman Feb. 7th, 2012 Legal Drinking Age – Argumentative Essay Ever encountered a belligerent drunk that was not of age? Every day more and more underage kids are using, or abusing alcohol. Furthermore, the drinking age should not be lowered to eighteen because less teens will be motivated in taking on the new found responsibilities of a young adult, fatal accidents will surely be increased, and younger and younger kids will be involved in crime. First off, eighteen year olds do not have enough experience with driving or alcohol to be operating anything while under the influence, let alone a motor vehicle. More so, a teenagers body is not matured enough mentally, nor physically, to execute decisions that hold another person’s life, or freedom at stake.
Why? Is the main question asked? Many Americans believe the underage drinking age percentage would drop if the age is lowered. Some reasons of why Americans under 21 drink: peer pressure, enjoyment, etc. But the main reason for doing so is “breaking the law.” 87% of high school seniors have used alcohol.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse in College It comes as no surprise that binge drinking and substance abuse are easily connected to college students in the United States. According to the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, “almost half of college student drinkers partake in heavy episodic consumption” which is defined as consuming five or more drinks in a row for men, and four or more drinks for women in a single outing. Are colleges really doing enough to discourage the problem of heavy drinking in the student body? A study published online in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research says that colleges can do more to fight the alcohol-loving culture in students. The study points out failures in the colleges' attempts to drive
Most college students enjoy drinking, which caused the issue on alcohol to become the most frequently talked about in public as at least half the students are still underage to drink. The issue of the minimum drinking age affects everyone from teenagers to adults and the government. The issue is widely known about but not accepted or debated by many openly. All the laws on accessibility of alcohol concern safety; the main issue is when the government feels that citizens are of a responsible age to drink. The discussion concerning the minimum drinking age divides people into three opinions: those who want to keep the minimum age at 21, those who want to lower the age and others who want to raise the age or prohibit alcohol in general.
Should I drink tonight? All my friends drink I might as well join.” Every high school student goes through an experience relating to this event. Underage drinking is a problem in society today, just how big is the problem, the consequences of partaking in underage drinking, why are kids doing it and what can the society as a whole do to reduce the issue. Everyone knows underage drinking is a problem in the US, but just how big is the problem? “Alcohol is so popular that it is the most common used and abused drug among youth in the United States, more than