Binge Drinking Psychology

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Binge Drinking: A Health Psychology Review The world today is focused on getting the ultimate experience. This phenomenon is seen across many age groups and teenagers are not immune. Whether it is their first date or first day in high school, teens are always eager to try something different or new. Alcohol is no exception. 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…show more content…
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). Most students who enter college in the United States are about eighteen years of age. They find a new kind of freedom on college campuses away from the supervisory eyes of their parents being away from home gives these students the freedom to make their own decisions regarding school, their finances, and their social…show more content…
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