Dry Campuses: Educating Kids on How to Deal with Excessive Drinking

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Dry Campuses
College and drinking have gone hand in hand for years. Whether it’s Spring weekend, celebrating the big game, or a Thursday night party, alcohol seems to bere the center of many social events. Because of this, my purpose is to promote moderate drinking on campus versus a dry campus, which is one where there is no alcohol drinking permitted on campus even for those students over the age of 21. Since all of us or someone we know, will be attending college, this is important information to know while making the decision about which college to go to.

Alcohol use among college students has reached a crisis point. Alcohol consumption leads to signifigant alcohol related problems such as binge drinking, alcoholism, drinking and driving, property damage, health problems, injury and police involvement. According to a 2009 study (Hingson et al., 2009) 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol related unintentional injuries. Even more shocking, 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol. So, is the solution then, to completely can alcohol from college campuses, and institute a dry campus policy? Does the ‘just say no to drugs’ campaign keep people from doing drugs? The real solution is to educate students about the dangers and consequences of excessive drinking. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and alcoholism reports, “ that 44.1 percent-nearly half-of students in the 116 colleges surveyed were binge drinkers.” (2006) “Research has shown that what’s successful in cutting down college drinking is a slow but…comprehensive attack on alcohol use on campus that targets not just the drinkers, but aspects of college life that might encourage them to take the bottle-nearby bars, liquor stores and liquor advertisors.” (Park, 2006) Schools using education programs instead of extreme measures provide alcohol-free dormitories, alcohol-free activities and provide training...
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