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.
The movie Animal House, while a parody, treated drinking as most Hollywood productions do: as an accepted part of college life. Attitudes toward underage college drinking run the gamut, from parental concern to tacit acceptance among schools and communities to somewhere just shy of actually encouraging it as a rite of passage into adulthood.
The days of underage young people easily obtaining alcohol with a fake ID could be gone with the creation of a new app.
Many education programs to teach teens about avoiding bad decisions related to substance use rely on the boosting of self esteem. A teen with a high level of self-esteem, it has been argued, will be less likely to be pressured into accepting a drug or drink offered to them.
This year, several college campuses are taking a unified approach when it comes to cracking down on underage drinking and hard partying. Local universities are partnering with community members to put a stop to such practices as providing alcohol to minors, public intoxication, fake ID use and production, and other alcohol related offenses.
Move over marijuana, there’s a new gateway drug luring teens into drug abuse: alcohol. Although parents have long been warned that smoking pot leads to other drug abuse, many have accepted alcohol as part of normal teen experimentation. But a new study from the University of Florida shows that long-term drug abuse is more often the result of teens drinking alcohol, not smoking pot or cigarettes.
Underage drinking is certainly nothing new, but recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are cause for alarm. Of particular concern is the fact that the age of drinking onset is getting lower and lower while the amount of alcohol consumed seems to be getting higher and higher.
It’s a story repeated all too often: the tragic loss of a young life at the hands of a drunk driver behind the wheel. However, research says many students still aren’t really getting the message, prompting groups to bring in new messaging techniques.
When college students leave campus for spring break, they are expecting to kick back and have a good time. With the stress of classes and possibly employment, many students find that it is easy to overindulge in partying over spring break.
One part of the answer to rising college binge drinking patterns may be connected to who lives in the students’ building, says Catholic University president John Garvey.