College Drinking Research Paper

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College Drinking: The Price to Pay for Higher Education College students spend approximately 42 million dollars yearly on alcohol(Pedersen, Fall 2002, p. Pg 26). College drinking is a growing problem among colleges and universities across the country. It has been estimated that at least ten percent of college students are problem drinkers, or "pre-alcoholics." This problem is a serious one. Each year, more and more students resort to college drinking for a number of various reasons. In order to solve this problem, we must consider what causes college students to drink so excessively. College students who consume alcoholic beverages should be aware of the social and relational consequences as well as the health risks of drinking. One immediate…show more content…
Peer pressure is among one of the most common reasons for college drinking. According to Scott Walters and John Baer, it is estimated that two out of five college students drink (pg 65-67). College drinking has an effect on not only the drinkers, but on their friends and classmates as well.…show more content…
The Greek society within our colleges and universities has for years been known to contribute in student drinking on campus. Fraternity and sorority life is considered a brotherhood and sisterhood. They encourage a family-like relationship between members and promote partying together. Many of these freshmen are not mature enough to know where to draw a line and when this occurs, problems begin. There are far too many examples of how drinking among college fraternities and sororities have led to severe consequences. Heavy consumption of alcohol has been the cause of an increased number of assaults and unintentional injuries on campuses across the United States. College students who binge or are excessive drinkers are able to avoid being labeled an alcoholic because it’s socially acceptable in college to drink and drink often. Students that consider this concept should be aware. The distinction is that “when drinking begins to interfere with any aspect of a person’s life it’s considered alcohol abuse. And when drinking becomes addictive, either psychologically or physically, it’s considered alcoholism. Alcohol abuse, if left untreated, can very easily progress into alcoholism.” (Walters & Baer, 2006,

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