At least 50 percent of all students enrolled in a U.S. college or university participate in binge drinking or some other form of seriously risky alcohol consumption. As a rule, drinking is so common in college environments because the social norms established by students make alcohol intake an acceptable activity. In a study published in December 2013 in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the University of Washington sought to determine exactly which types of social relationships have the strongest impact on producing pro-drinking norms among college students.
People use social media to make plans, reconnect after a long separation, raise awareness and share thoughts on breaking news. Now it’s being mined for insight into how illnesses spread and how social media use may predict mental health symptoms.
A recent study of four-year college students found that those who frequently binged had significantly lower capacity for critical thinking.
The craziness of youth may cost teens more than they bargain for, and for a longer time.
Young people don’t always see the bigger picture. Probably because they simply have not lived long enough to witness long-term results firsthand. That inability can be harmful when it comes to making decisions about alcohol and drinking.
Parents often imagine worst-case-scenarios when they send their college freshman off to campus for the first time. They may wonder if their child is going to try drugs as they transition to an unprecedented level of independence and freedom, and then wonder what level of experimentation is going to result in major problems.
The relationship between academic performance, social activities and choices related to alcohol and other substances is one that keeps many parents awake at night. Trying to determine what factors in their kids’ lives may point to making a mistake in other areas can lead to a chicken-and-egg internal argument about how to keep kids from going astray.
Drinking and college go together like chocolate and roses. It doesn’t stop with alcohol though, drug use on campuses is on the rise and a new addiction is rearing its ugly head. Compulsive use of the internet and social media is another addiction to which college students are susceptible, especially new students. If you already struggle with addiction, to any substance, how are you to survive the college lifestyle? Temptations may abound at every turn and staying on the straight and narrow may seem impossible. Start off on the right foot by choosing a college that will help you avoid substance abuse and will minimize your chances of a relapse.
Following new warnings surrounding alcoholic beverages that include caffeine (which are often marketed as “energy” drinks that will increase alertness and stamina), a new study has found that adding caffeine to alcohol has no effect on enhancing driving performance. The researchers said there seems to be little or no benefit from adding caffeine to alcohol in terms of performing activities that require sustained attention and prompt reactions, such as driving.
It is probably irresponsible to party during finals week. A student might work hard all semester, doing well on all other tests, and then walk into the final after a night of drinking and blow the whole semester when he sits down to the final exam and draws a blank on the first essay question.