Years of research has shown that underage drinking on college campuses has gotten worse, with more students drinking and more alcohol being consumed. Binge drinking (having four or more consecutive drinks) is rampant on university campuses, and a recent study finds that Maryland scholars are tipping back more than their counterparts everywhere else in the country.
When college students drink there is a tendency to consume unhealthy amounts, otherwise known as binge drinking. This behavior increases risks of injury, involvement in assaults or motor vehicle crashes and blood toxicity, as well as sexually transmitted disease and unplanned pregnancy. A recent study evaluated the policies and programs that college campuses implement in order to reduce drinking among students.
Underage drinkers tend to partake in risky drinking behaviors, more so than the collegiate demographic. While college students age 21 and older are imbibing more often than underage drinkers, there is more risk involved with the younger age group, especially those who obtain false identification.
When young people celebrate their 21st birthday the tradition is to drink too much and ignore health consequences. Binge drinking often leads to negative consequences like injury, vehicular crashes, assault and suicidal behavior.
Binge drinking is often associated with young males, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one in eight women said they had drank heavily three times in the month before they were surveyed. Binge drinking obviously isn’t just something that men do. But for women, the consequences can be more severe even when the same amount of alcohol is consumed.
The first month or two at college can set the tone for a student’s success or lay the path to disaster. Freshmen who believe that fitting in at college equals heavy drinking often have their college career get off to a very bumpy start.
With social media and text messaging, teens have more ability than ever to broadcast information to wider audiences. These types of communication may be used to spread information about a good cause such as a charity event or a school function, or can promote poor choices, such as which stores are willing to sell to minors.
Higher education institutions have a responsibility to curb drug use as many ways as possible. Missouri’s Linn State Technical College took all the guesswork out of who needed help and who didn’t by drug testing all incoming freshmen. It was a highly proactive approach to addressing drug use in their students, but ultimately was proven to be a violation of students’ constitutional rights.
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Although the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in professional and collegiate athletics generates the biggest headlines, recreational drug use is also a problem among many amateur athletes.