The factors that separate a social drinker from an alcoholic can be mysterious. This is particularly observable in a segment of the population often identified with heavy drinking: college students.
Behavior, good or bad, is contagious. In other words, we all tend to mimic the actions of our immediate social group. And it may be easier to imitate bad behavior than good. Yet, people don’t want to think that they are as moved by someone else’s choices as they actually are. A new study reveals the powerful subconscious pull to adapt to our surroundings.
There has long been a generational tug of war between younger and older generations when it comes to music and lyrics. But certain musical genres are loaded with references to drinking and even to alcohol brand names. Hip-hop music frequently mentions high price labels like Hennessy for example. And these kinds of references have skyrocketed in recent years.
When parents send their child off to college they may worry about their ability to handle academic challenges, newfound independence and responsibility, as well as if alcohol and drugs might tempt them into dangerous behaviors. But they might not have thought to worry about cyberbullying.
Bullying is the accepted term for a range of physical, verbal and social behaviors that single out others as targets for acts of domination, humiliation, intimidation or isolation. While most people probably associate these behaviors with childhood, they also occur among adults of all ages.
Considering the potential risks associated with teen drinking, such as injury, vehicular crashes and risky sexual behaviors in the short term, as well as heart disease or cancer in the long term, binge drinking by teens can result in tragedy. Parents should be talking with their teens about the dangers of alcohol.
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.
Parents are often confused about their role in helping teens navigate decisions related to alcohol and drugs. For some, the right path is an adherence to strict rules for any type of substance use. For other parents, there’s a benefit in allowing alcohol to be consumed in moderation under a watchful parental eye. Experts say that the correct strategy may involve the best elements of each approach.
A recent study shares new insights into how a person’s level of support from their peers may impact their choices to consume alcohol during their college years. Experts know the time period during young adulthood is one of experimentation, but the study is one of only a few to explore in detail how personal connections and peer groups might distinctly influence levels of alcohol consumed.
When young adults go off to college, how can you know if they will spend evenings or weekends drinking too much alcohol? Studies have been conducted looking for predictors of alcohol consumption among university populations in an effort to answer that very question. A recent study says that academic pressure may be one predictor of how much a student drinks.