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Written by attorney Donald A Pumphrey Jr. | Jun 11, 2018

Binge Drinking on College Campuses: The Dangers Associated with Drinking to Excess

While college is considered the best 4 years of a young-adult's life, there are many risks involved. One of the biggest dangers college kids face is Binge Drinking. Read this guide to learn of the dangers associated with partying to excess.

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The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) – The NIAAA “is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. NIAAA leads the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by:” Conducting and supporting alcohol-related research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment. Coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and federal programs on alcohol-related issues. Collaborating with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work. Translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public. The Guide to Community Preventive Services – Alcohol – “The Community Guide is a collection of evidence-based findings of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF). It is a resource to help you select interventions to improve health and prevent disease in your state, community, community organization, business, healthcare organization, or school.” Its goal is to ask: “What has worked for others and how well? What might this intervention approach cost, and what am I likely to achieve through my investment? And, what are the evidence gaps?” The link above is a search for alcohol and all of the suggestions for a wide array of related issues in the community. The search can be tailored for any specific issue as well. Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Alcohol and Public Health – “The CDC Alcohol Program works to strengthen the scientific foundation for preventing excessive alcohol use. Program Overview.” Office of Disease Preventing and Health Promotion – dietary guidelines (2015-2020) appendix 9 – Alcohol – “The Dietary Guidelines does not recommend that individuals who do not drink alcohol start drinking for any reason; however, it does recommend that all foods and beverages consumed be accounted for within healthy eating patterns. Alcohol is not a component of the USDA Food Patterns.” This appendix helps evaluate different types of alcohol by explaining drink equivalents. College Aim Alcohol Intervention Matrix – “CollegeAIM—the College Alcohol Intervention Matrix—is a new resource to help schools address harmful and underage student drinking. Developed with leading college alcohol researchers and staff, it is an easy-to-use and comprehensive tool to identify effective alcohol interventions. While there are numerous options for addressing alcohol issues, they are not all equally effective. CollegeAIM can help schools choose interventions wisely—boosting their chances for success and helping them improve the health and safety of their students.” [1] National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), College Drinking (last visited April 3, 2018), https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/collegefactsheet/Collegefactsheet.pdf. [2] https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/appendix-9/ [3] NIAAA, Drinking Levels Defined (last visited April 3, 2018), https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/moderate-binge-drinking (“The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which conducts the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), defines binge drinking as 5 or more alcoholic drinks for males or 4 or more alcoholic drinks for females on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past month.”). [4] Id. [5] Governor’s Highway Safety Association, Alcohol Impaired Driving (last visited April 3, 2018), https://www.ghsa.org/state-laws/issues/alcohol%20impaired%20driving; but Id. (“Effective December 30, 2018, Utah’s BAC will be set at 0.05 percent.”). [6] Alcohol Rehab Guide, Binge Drinking (last visited April 3, 2018), https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/alcohol/binge-drinking/. [7] Id. [8] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Fact Sheet – Binge Drinking (last visited April 3, 2018), https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm. [9] Id. [10] Id. [11] NIAAA supra note 1. [12] Id. [13] Id. [14] CDC supra note 8. [15] Id. [16] CDC, Fact Sheet – Preventing Excessive Alcohol Abuse (last visited April 3, 2018), https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/prevention.htm.

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