Years of research has shown that underage drinking on college campuses has gotten worse, with more students drinking and more alcohol being consumed. Binge drinking (having four or more consecutive drinks) is rampant on university campuses, and a recent study finds that Maryland scholars are tipping back more than their counterparts everywhere else in the country.
Binge drinking is often associated with young males, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one in eight women said they had drank heavily three times in the month before they were surveyed. Binge drinking obviously isn’t just something that men do. But for women, the consequences can be more severe even when the same amount of alcohol is consumed.
The Internet has become the hub of life for today’s teenagers. Central to both academic and social life, teens can log in to do anything from viewing a syllabus to making weekend plans.
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.
A recent study has revealed that one in five Michigan high school-aged residents drank heavily at least once in the previous 30 days. The same percentage of adults also said they binge drank at least once in the same time period.
The perception that college is one big party with academic achievement as a footnote will be on the minds of parents as they send off their freshmen. Many students begin using alcohol during college, and many learn to drink to excess.
Just a couple of years ago the Federal Drug Administration banned the selling of premixed energy/alcohol beverages. The brand Four Loko became the poster child for the decision after receiving media attention, but there were numerous makers of caffeine and alcohol drinks who felt the pinch. Unfortunately, a government ban on the canned drinks hasn’t brought a halt to a dangerous habit on the part of young people.
College students drink. Sometimes they drink a lot, and sometimes that excessive drinking leads to tragedy.
A vicious cycle is defined as a sequence of events where the response to one issue creates a new problem that aggravates the original matter. One study examined how this kind of cycle controls the drinking behaviors of teenage boys.
The craziness of youth may cost teens more than they bargain for, and for a longer time.