College students drink frightening amount

BY ROSE PEZZUTI
contributor

College parties conjure images of red Solo cups and beer pong. While there may be no memories of the mistakes made, some could affect students for the rest of their lives.

“All I remember is that I killed it in beer pong that night,” an anonymous source from Rutgers University said. “The next thing I remember, it is the next morning, and I am in my bed naked with my throwup-covered costume on the floor in my shower. That was my Halloween last year.”  

According to Women’s Forum, “44 percent of college students from the ages 17-21 binge drink.” Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks during one occasion. The newfound freedom of students living on their own makes adolescents feel unstoppable.

“Binge drinking is such a problem because teenagers are on their own for the first time in their lives, and they feel like they are adults now and can do whatever they want,” said Amanda Carfagno, William Paterson University student.   

The aspect of peer pressure is also asserted in the college community – not the good peer pressure either. If one does not drink, some friends no longer consider him or her “cool”. The whole “Just Say No” campaign, started by First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1982, seems as irrelevant as ever. It seems as if the word “no” does not exist in the minds of these young adults.

“Most college students feel like if they are not drunk, they cannot have fun,” said Monica Onorata, The College of New Jersey student. “One drink and a little buzz is not enough to have a good time anymore.”

Not only does binge drinking lead to health problems, such as alcohol poisoning and liver disease, but to academic issues as well. “About 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams and/or papers and receiving lower grades overall,” according to collegedrinkingprevention.gov.  

There has been an effort to help prevent this craze of underage drinking, such as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (D.A.R.E.). The D.A.R.E. program began in 1983 and is currently effective in 75 percent of school districts across the United States, according to www.scientificamerican.com. Nevertheless, statistics have proved that the college life is part of the party, and every undergraduate needs to realize the consequences of binge drinking on a higher level then not making it into the top fraternity on campus.

 

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