College Alcohol Use

Topics: Alcoholism, University, Drinking culture Pages: 2 (677 words) Published: December 29, 2012
Summary: Argumentative essay on the topic of drinking on campus. Compares the consequences versus the benefits of alcohol consumption by college students. Drinking on campus is a problem that affects most college students, either directly or indirectly. I, for one, am against drinking on campus. As a student of Stevens Institute of Technology, I can say that drinking on campus is as rampant as a fire in a toothpick factory. Several friends of mine at colleges around the country tell me that their schools face the same problems.

Here, at Stevens, much to the college community's surprise, we had a snow day in February. The night before our well-deserved day off, a Tuesday, most of the general Stevens populous got drunk. That wouldn't have been so bad if everyone locked themselves in their rooms and drank to their liver's content, but it was not so. In addition to getting wasted, everyone partied all night, with music blasting and partiers yelling. Needless to say, it wasn't a good night for anyone trying to get some sleep.

The whole night wasn't wasted though; it was fun watching inhibition-less people wander around. On a trip to the bathroom, I saw one guy making a fool of himself trying to get together with this girl. Ten minutes later, that same person walked into my room and sat down on my chair. He then told me to get out of his room.

A friend of mine had a similar experience. A drunken resident stumbled into his room and fell down on his bed, saying, "I think I'll crash here tonight." Luckily, he got up and decided to leave before my friend beat the alcohol out of him. Upon reaching the door, it took him a good 10 seconds before he realized that the knob was on the other side.

While I realize that college students generally don't have it easy and they need to unwind every now and then, large consumption of alcohol simply isn't the answer. I suppose it's OK to go out and have a drink every now and then, but many people take that to an extreme....
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