Prevention and Education of Binge Drinking Among College Students

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Prevention and Education of Binge Drinking Among College Students Abstract Binge drinking amongst college and university students is a well-known issue and even viewed by some as a rite of passage. The reasons as to why students engage in binge drinking varies, and depending on the cause, so do the consequences. From missed classes and poor grades, to longstanding health and addiction problems, prevention should be varied to target these differences. A multi-level approach which includes assessment of all forms and causes of binge drinking must be taken. Interventions must include all groups of students to provide the most effective education and support to students. Key factors in prevention of alcohol abuse and its negative consequences is timing, evaluation of high risk events allows for the ability of early education of students. One study on Event-Specific Drinking Among College Students, conducted by (Atkins, Lewis, Lee, Kaysen, and Mittmann, 2011), concluded that the frequency and severity of heavy drinking episodes, weighed heavily on specific holidays. According to Atkins,“twenty-first birthdays [had] been highlighted as a specific event associated with extreme drinking and related negative consequences” (as cited in Atkins, 2011 p.702). The aim of this study was to identify events that were most associated with risky drinking in relation to twenty-first birthdays. Data was collected through a 45 minute anonymous online survey from 1,124 registered undergraduate students. After analyzing the data collected “several holidays emerged for elevated drinking” (Atkins, 2011 p.704), therefore, timing would be a key factor in holding prevention/intervention campaigns. The holidays with the highest drinking rates included; New Year’s Eve, July 4th, spring break, and graduation. Although these holidays had the highest BAC

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