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.
Alcohol consumption is often linked to inciting aggressive or violent behavior. Two studies show that young men and women who drink heavily are more likely to harm their romantic partner. Marijuana, meanwhile, was shown to be unrelated to physical violence.
There’s a new, dangerous trend in alcohol consumption: vaporization and inhalation. To the casual drinker, it seems preposterous that one would go to great lengths to find a system for consuming alcohol without actually partaking of any of the enjoyable aspects of it, such as flavor.
The glorification of drinking, sex and violence in books and movies gives pause to many a parent. Perhaps no character is more clearly associated with these behaviors than James Bond. Given to dangerous car chases, close calls with bullets and casual romps with women he has just met, Bond personifies dangerous living. Many teenagers could suppose that sort of lifestyle is the answer to avoiding a dull existence. But if the fictional British spy were a real person he would very likely not be able to survive his behaviors.
College students aren’t just learning about history, art and science; they’re also learning to know themselves. For most college students this is their first time living away from home and family. For some, being unsure about themselves can lead to misuse of alcohol.
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.
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.
Alcohol consumption on university campuses is a long-standing but growing concern around the country. Negative behaviors associated with over-consumption of alcohol have become a focus for school policymakers.
From marijuana to cocaine, co-eds can usually get a hold of any recreational drug when they come to college, but alcohol is still the drug of choice.
Fall term is well underway on college campuses all across the country. Incoming freshmen and returning college students are once again away from home, charged with the duty of cramming their still-developing minds with learning. Along with tremendous educational opportunities, students are also faced with some serious decisions about how to spend their independence from home. For many college students a return to school means more opportunities to get together with friends and drink large amounts of alcohol.