(Dodd 98-9) In some cases students start drinking before they enter college. In one survey, as many as 50% of inbound freshmen started drinking before they entered college. (White 90) Another students drink is peer pressure. Sometimes students drink just to keep up with their friends. Most students say that they would not drink alone.
This causes many students to heighten their drinking to fit in to this norm. Social norms act as a general guideline for behavior and tell us what behavior is appropriate or unacceptable in a give contest. An individual’s norms are shaped by the actions of others and one’s perception of others’ behaviors (Chauvin 259). Since these norms are formed from the perception of others’ behaviors, there is a large risk that students overestimate the group norms, causing them to feel pressure to exceed binge-drinking levels. These misperceived norms can be a strong predictor of students’ drinking levels, which tend to exceed actual campus drinking norms.
Causes of binge drinking among college students Many college students experience lots of different “new” experiences when they graduate from high school and move on to college. Especially, the first year college students gets out of control easily on such as drinking alcohol, taking drugs, and having an immature sexual behaviors. Out of all these, binge drinking can be the top of the list and is the most common problem among college students. Major causes of binge drinking among college students are from consistent peer pressure, and one particular ways of enjoying their freedom from their parents. Since they are finally free from their parents or guardians, they want to enjoy their freedom by doing as you can call it “activities” that they were not allow to do when they were living with their parents because most parents won’t allow them to do such an activity.
Drug abuse is extremely destructive to a student’s education, health, and finances. Students who abuse drugs may believe that the only effects of using occur while they are high. They do not think about the long term effects drugs may have on his/her education. In his article Duerte says, “Drug abuse leads to higher rates of truancy, school failure and dropouts” (Duarte 90). The effects are not only with issues leading to dropouts but also with general, everyday occurrences in college life such as study habits.
Fraternity leaders and university officials both agreed that they can’t ignore the issue just because the students have moved off campus. President Ruscio therefore supported the Amethyst Initiative which seeks to reopen the debate about the drinking age. Response: Heavy drinking among college students represents a significant public health problem which if left unchecked will ruin college education. The article explains how social clubs like fraternities permit students to drink but did not provide guidelines on how to drink and have fun responsibly. I think as future leaders, college students should be aware that their behavior is always on the limelight and be more careful when involved in situations such as binge drinking.
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.
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).
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.
C. Preview of Main Points: Today I'm here to inform you on the negative effects that binge drinking can cast onto college students. First and foremost, interfering with the time allotted for class work, it can also lead to disobedience of mandatory consumption laws and finally creating less then desirable social reputations. Transition: Let's begin by talking about how binge drinking affects the main goal of attending college, completing your work! II. Body A.
In the past years hazing has considered harmless pranks or comic antic associated within different groups. Hazing takes place in different areas such as college students who join a group and even in high school. Hazing can be a difficult social problem that can be shaped by leader who is operating the group or the organization. While hazing is occurring many people would tell the victims not to tell anyone or they would be hazed longer than others in the group, which can be called the “code of silence”. Hazing doesn’t only apply to men; it applies to women and teenagers.