College and Students and Binge Drinking

by SKHC Editor on July 17, 2009

It’s been decades since the national drinking age was set at 21 and in that time research has shown a significant reduction when it comes to binge drinking. Of course, with the exception of one demographic: college students.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis analyzed data gathered between 1979 and 2006 by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The rate of binge drinking, defined as having five or more drinks, among college-age males has remained steady. However, college-age females are heading in a different direction. For college women ages 21 to 23 binge drinking increased 30 percent from 1979.

Are these young ladies binge drinking in an attempt to keep up with the boys? Do they just really enjoy the taste of alcohol? Is it peer pressure? Is it used as a temporary escape from the stress of school? Have they been conditioned to believe this is just what people in college do?

Whatever the reasoning for their actions have they taken the time to think about the harmful effects of alcohol? All of our organs are important but the effect on the brain and the lack of judgment that ensues so quickly is scary. Are these girls getting behind the wheel of a car and drunk driving? Having unprotected sex? Are they passing out and having no idea what’s being done around or to them?

Of course there are the mental ramifications which can be just as troubling. Chances are if you had five too many drinks you’re going to regret something you said or did. Its one thing to not want to show your face for a day or two but it’s another when you need counseling because of your actions.

Let’s not even get started on the “proud ones” who post the ridiculous pictures on Facebook and MySpace giving the play by plays of how they got drunk. That’s a whole different blog.

Sources: Chron.com, ScienceDaily.com

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