Binge Drinking on America's Campuses
On any Friday or Saturday night, the average college student is usually drinking, dancing and out having fun. They typically party with friends at fraternity parties, bars, and clubs; and unfortunately most of these students are underage, consuming excessive amounts of alcohol or "Binge Drinking". Binge drinking results in several detrimental outcomes, some are even fatal. Today this type of drinking is rampant on educational campuses everywhere. Large and small, urban and rural educational institutions are not left unaffected by this growing trend to binge drink.
Binge drinking is defined as "the consumption of five or more drinks, in a row, on at least one occasion" (NCADI). Several surveys announce that about 1/3rd of high school seniors and 42 percent of college students binge drink on a regular basis(NCADI). Figures such as these are extremely upsetting because one expects institutions of higher learning to be the breeding ground for new leaders and innovative thinkers. Unfortunately, these statistics only make educational campuses appear, as if, everything is a party, much like National Lampoon's Animal House. Animal House is a 1980's movie dedicated to displaying college life and the experience in a college fraternity; it constantly depicted students binge drinking.
Harvard University's School of Public Health conducted a College Alcohol study, surveying students at more than 119 colleges. Of those surveyed, 44 percent admitted to having engaged in binge drinking at least once in the two weeks prior to the survey (Booze News). Researchers discovered that white students, age 23 or younger, and members of a fraternity or sorority, on average are more likely to binge drink (Booze News). They also noted that students who were binge drinkers in high school, were three times more likely to binge drink in college (Booze News). "The percentage of students who are binge drinkers is nearly uniform from freshman year to senior year, and over half of the binge drinkers were frequent binge drinkers" (Booze News). Binge drinking has been associated with several alcohol-related problems. The Harvard survey also notes that "a higher percentage of binge drinkers than non-binge drinkers reported having experienced alcohol-related problems, since the beginning of the school year" (Booze News). Frequent binge drinkers are 22 times more likely than non-binge drinkers to have: missed class; fallen behind in school work; engaged in unplanned sexual activity; not used protection when having sex; damaged property; gotten in trouble with campus police; been hurt or injured; driven a car after drinking; and used other drugs (Booze News). There are countless ways to binge drink. The most common way is to just drink, and drink, and drink some more until the person either regurgitates the alcohol, "passes out", or just stops drinking. Peer pressure to binge drink is extremely influential and powerful in pushing students to binge. There are many different ways to binge drink. One way is to play drinking card games. First, there is a card game called "Asshole", in which the dealer deals the deck of cards out to any number of people. The object of this game is to get rid of all your cards first in order from 2 to Ace. The first person to be rid of all his/her cards is "president" in the next game; the last person to get rid of his/her cards is the "Asshole". In the second game, the "president" can make anyone in the game drink, as many times as he/she wants. Also, anyone in the game who is not the "Asshole" may tell the "Asshole" to drink at anytime. There are numerous other card games utilized to binge drink. This list includes games such as: 31, Kings, F*** You Pyramid, and High-Low. Another way to binge drinking is the game called "Beer Pong". It is played on a Ping-Pong table, with 6 medium sized cups at each end filled about 1/3rd with beer and set up like bowling pins....
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