Current Event Alcohol 2012

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Current event paper #2
Binge Drinking
This article is very surprising in the fact that the understanding of binge drinking is changing. It has been apparent for some time now that excessively drinking has been a problem but it is now under the microscope of having a positive light to the young population. This study had articulated how binge drinking is being looked at and what is changing across student college campuses.

The article was based within a college campus, they were studying who or why college students binge drink. They found that students that are perceived as being “high status” are socially connected and mentally happier. On the other hand those that are considered “low-status” were deemed to not being as happy, especially in terms of the satisfaction of their college life. This study is trying to show college students correlation with alcohol and what may be happening as a whole within a certain community. As college students we are known to have very high stress, alcohol, is said to help lower this stress. The national institute on alcohol abuse says,”over 400,00 students between the ags of 18 and 24 had unprotected sex as a result of their drinking” all of these statistics are worrisome. It is hard to understand why this is becoming such a problem but as it is described here, it can be directly associated with peer pressure and failure of education about the matter. Binge drinking is a major problem within our society. Even though this article is only from one university it can be multiplied and used to inform and educate other universities across the United States. If we don’t understand the effects it is making now we will not be able to control the future generations. This is particularly close to family ties considering many young adults are dying every year from excess drinking. From the article they state that, “1,700 college student deaths can be attributed to excessive drinking.” This statistic alone proves that it is a problem...
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