When high school graduates fly from their parents' nest and soar to a college campus, life changes. They take their newly found independence, free from curfews and restrictions, and follow a new set of "house rules." Many students hit the party scene and experiment with drinking. Fraternity fiestas and sorority soirées are notorious for drinking parties, and often times, these college parties invite binge drinking, which threatens colleges in every part of the world.
Statistics indicate that college drinking is down from a 10 years ago; however, several recent studies show that binge drinking, which is only five drinks in one sitting for men, four for women, remains a serious problem. Binge drinking is defined as drinking to get drunk.
Last year, a student at Cornell University fell down a gorge and died. At Michigan State University, a birthday celebration turned deadly after a student downed 24 shots of alcohol. A Pennsylvania State University student was found clinging to life on her 21st birthday. Her blood-alcohol level was nearly seven times the state's limit. While turning 21 means a night out celebrating with friends who are bellied up to the bar, the night can become a nightmare if people are just drinking to get drunk.
These students were no different the average college student. In 1993, 140 colleges participated in a national survey. More than 17,000 students responded to the survey. "Almost half of college students responding to the survey were binge drinkers" (Wechsler, Davenport, Dowdall, Moeykens, and Castillo 927). Also, 19 percent claimed to frequently binge drink.
Barret Seamen perfectly titled his essay "How Bingeing Became the New College Sport." In his essay he dates binge drinking back to the 14th century (2). Seaman even admits to drinking in the 60s when he was in college. So drinking a few drinks is not a new craze among college students. It is just getting out of control and causing health and behavioral problems.... [continues]
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