College Binge Drinking: A Path to Destruction?

College Binge Drinking: A Path to Destruction?

According to a recent article in US News & World Report, the combination of weekend parties, Greek life and football games on college campuses represent a path to destruction for college students.

The article notes that according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 40 percent of college students admitted to binge drinking in the past month.

In other words, they had enough drinks in a two-hour period to result in blood alcohol concentration levels of 0.08 or more – that’s approximately four drinks for women and five drinks for men.

The article goes on to note that the consequences of these drinking habits result in “Thousands of assaults, accidents, injuries, arrests and even deaths every year.”

Some of the sober statistics include:
• Approximately 1,825 college students ages 18 to 24 die from alcohol-related injuries – including car accidents – annually.
• About 696,000 students ages 18 to 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking each year.
• Around 97,000 students between 18 and 24 reported alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape each year.
• About 25 percent of college students reporting failing a class, missing a class or receiving poor grades as a direct result of drinking.

US News & World Report concludes its report stating “Depicting binge drinking as normal and even funny in movies and on television, at home and on campus all contribute to injury, death and assault. Teaching consequences and responsibility before a student ever sets foot on a college campus may help to eventually lessen the sad statistics associated with this dangerous rite of passage.”

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The article appeared online in the November 9, 2016 edition of health.usnews.com

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