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.
How much is too much to drink?This is a question that plagues society, the news, and college campuses across the country. There is no one-size-fits-all definition of *too much* alcohol for any particular individual. There are clear cut costs to exceeding that amount though, for each group of 18-24-year-old college students, approximately 1825 will die from accidental alcohol-related deaths, 696,000 will be assaulted by another student that has been drinking, and 97,000 will experience alcohol related sexual assault or date rape. With so many repercussions from over-consumption of alcohol, it*s important to answer that question, rationalize how much is too much.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has stated that moderate drinking is limited to 1 drink for women and 2 drinks for men per day. That only begs the question, what is too much? Is a third drink for a man, or a second for a woman dangerous behavior? Many different groups have weighed in on problematic-binge drinking. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has said that 5 drinks for men and 4 for women * all in the same day * is binge drinking. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as drinking until blood alcohol levels are at .08%, coincidentally the legal limit for operating an automobile in all 50 states.
How must alcohol is too much is going to depend on each individualThe results of binge drinking are never positive though. Temporary effects can include: coordination problems, dehydration, nausea, memory loss, shakiness, and * often tragically * poor decision making. This impaired judgment can cause alcohol poisoning, or make it much easier for a person to be victimized by sexual assault or domestic violence. Short-term effects are only the tip of the iceberg for regular binge-drinkers, who often suffer from: brain damage, liver disease, stroke, heart problems, cancer, and infertility.
These effects disproportionally affect young people, the CDC estimates that over half of binge drinks are consumed by those over the age of 35, meaning that age group is binging the most. However, the most common age group is 18-35, which means that younger people are much more likely to binge. Most people who drink before the legal age, report binge drinking. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has touched on how widespread binge drinking, is on college campuses:
Drinking at college has become a ritual that students often see as an integral part of their higher education experience. Many students come to college with established drinking habits, and the college environment can exacerbate the problem. According to a national survey, almost 60 percent of college students ages 18*22 drank alcohol in the past month, and almost 2 out of 3 of them engaged in binge drinking during that same timeframe.
What is Binge Drinking?About 25% of college students see academic repercussions from drinking. Those who binge drink are 6 times more likely to perform poorly from drinking when compared to moderate drinkers, and 5 times more likely to miss a class due to drinking.
While binge drinking and its costs may begin at college, the ramifications do not end there. Excessive drinking costs taxpayers almost 250 billion dollars a year, or over $2 per drink. These costs come from *workplace productivity, health care expenditures, criminal justice costs, and other expenses.* Of these 250 billion dollars, binge drinking was responsible for 77% or almost $200 billion. Something needs to be done, and while communities and governments can step up to help, the ultimate responsibility falls on everyone. According to the CDC, anyone who wants to help can:
Choose not to drink too much yourself and help others not do it.
If you choose to drink alcohol, follow the U.S. Dietary Guidelines on moderate alcohol consumption (no more than one drink per day for women and no more than 2 drinks per day for men).
Support effective community strategies to prevent excessive alcohol use, such as those recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force.
Not serve or provide alcohol to those who should not be drinking, including children or teens and those who have already drank too much.
Talk with your health care provider about your drinking behavior and request counseling if you drink too much.
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