In the U.S., young adults enrolled in college are widely known for their relatively heavy participation in alcohol consumption, as well as for their level of involvement in risky, potentially fatal drinking practices. Researchers and public health officials know that the perceived acceptability of drinking has a strong influence on the likelihood that any college student will consume alcohol. In a study slated for publication in September 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the University of Houston sought to determine if any given student’s perception of acceptable drinking norms depends on their level of social identification or allegiance with college as a whole.
Significant numbers of U.S. college students consume alcohol in excessive amounts. One of the well-established potential consequences of this excessive drinking is involvement as either a perpetrator or target of a sexual assault. In a study published in July/August 2014 in The American Journal on Addictions, researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln looked at some of the factors that could explain the connection between problem drinking in college men and participation in sexually aggressive behavior. Specifically, these researchers looked at the impact of college men’s preexisting expectations regarding alcohol’s effects on behavior.
In the U.S., college students have an unusually high drinking rate, as well as an unusually high level of involvement in at-risk behaviors that increase the odds for alcohol-related harm. Some alcohol consumers come to self-identify themselves as “drinkers.” In a study published in July 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health sought to identify the impact that the establishment of such a drinking identity has on the underlying motivations of college students who consume enough alcohol to qualify as heavy drinkers.
Social anxiety is a term used to describe a heightened level of dread about the judgments that other people make in social situations or the potentially embarrassing consequences of involvement in certain types of social situations. People highly affected by this dread may qualify for an official mental health diagnosis known as either social anxiety disorder or social phobia. In a study published in June 2014 in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, a team of American and British researchers explored the impact that social anxiety has on the amount of alcohol that college students consume in various circumstances.
Despite its popularity as a recreational beverage, alcohol is poisonous to many organs throughout the human body, including the brain. In some cases, people under the influence of large amounts of alcohol experience “blackouts” that produce either fragmented memory function or a complete inability to recall spans of time. In a report published in June 2014 in NIAAA Spectrum, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) details the underlying causes for alcohol-related blackouts and also explains the different types of blackouts that can affect a person who drinks excessive amounts of alcohol.
There is a symbiosis which exists between alcohol and aggression. Anger can lead a person to drink and, conversely, drinking often leads to anger. Of course, not every person who drinks becomes more aggressive, but the fact that alcohol is linked to 50 percent of the violent crime in this country reveals this cause-and-effect relationship is a reality for many who drink. Why does alcohol produce increased aggression in some people? Here are a few explanations.
There has long been a generational tug of war between younger and older generations when it comes to music and lyrics. But certain musical genres are loaded with references to drinking and even to alcohol brand names. Hip-hop music frequently mentions high price labels like Hennessy for example. And these kinds of references have skyrocketed in recent years.
A recent study reveals a possible connection between verbal skills in children and drinking in teenagers and young adults. Researchers found that teens and young adults who had strong verbal skills as children were more likely to drink and to get drunk as they entered their teen years.
As teens navigate, communicate and even “party” through screens these days, discussions about safe alcohol consumption and responsibility must reflect the changing times. A new drinking game on Facebook proves just how far someone will go to acquire “likes” on their page, and it’s already lead to two deaths.
College students in the U.S. are deservedly well known for their participation in drinking. Unfortunately, for many individuals, alcohol intake at this age has starkly negative consequences. According to the results of a study published in January 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, any given student’s drinking behaviors stem from his or her complex, often partially contradictory attitudes toward alcohol consumption. Some of these attitudes are consciously held by student drinkers and non-drinkers, while others exert their influence without ever reaching the stage of conscious consideration.