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.
Freshmen entering college are often faced with the first test of their ability to balance independence with being mature enough to make wise decisions. The beginning of college life is often celebrated with alcohol, yet some students don’t have enough knowledge about the effects of alcohol to make good decisions.
Researchers are establishing that social networks and family ties play a very important role in predicting risks for alcohol and drug use among young adults. When a person spends a lot of time with others who drink or use drugs, they will likely embrace those substances as a part of normal life and may begin to participate in those behaviors also.
In light of the increasing problem of binge drinking on college campuses, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg was honored with the 2009 Presidential Leadership Award for his role in overseeing the university’s mission to combat high-risk drinking.
With the rise in college binge drinking, Michigan State University administrators, East Lansing, and court officials have started a project they say could help stop student alcohol abuse before it becomes a serious problem.