BINGE DRINKING IN COLLEGE
What is binge drinking? This is the consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. The definition of binge drinking in the United States is the consumption of five or more drinks in a row by men or four or more drinks in a row by women at least once in the previous two weeks. Heavy binge drinking includes three or more such episodes in 2 weeks.
Binge drinking in colleges is said to differ from one college to another. Some colleges may experience intense cases of drinking while in others, drinking is not so common.
In recent years, this form of drinking has become very popular due to the fact that companies that produce alcohol have portrayed a wrong message that drinking actually makes one “cool”. This has led to the rise in consumption of alcohol all over the United States not only among students. Studies show that in fact, there has been a downward trend in number of students’ bingeing.
Virtually all students experience the effects of college drinking whether they drink or not. The problem is the negative consequences that result from excessive drinking. About four out of five college students drink alcohol. About half of college students who drink, also consume alcohol through binge drinking.
Statistics show that 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related intentional injuries, more than 690,000 students between ages 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking. More than 97,000 students in the same age specification are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
The causes of college drinking may be varied but this does not excuse the act. Many parties can put an end to binge drinking starting with students themselves. The next time you pick up a bottle, think about the consequences.