How Do You Stop Binge Drinking on Campus?

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How do you stop binge drinking on campus?

Binge drinking on college campuses affects more than just those that are doing it-teachers, parents and the quality of campus life all suffer when the problem gets out of hand. Putting an end to binge drinking is not easy but it is possible with the right initiatives. One way to stop binge drinking is to provide alcohol free activities on campus that discourage students from drinking. Hosting regular movie nights, dances and volunteer opportunities is a great Spread awareness of the problem by educating students as early as possible. Provide informational seminars for both prospective and incoming freshman. Once admitted into the college, dorm residents should be required to attend quarterly sessions that reinforce the dangers of binge drinking on campuses. Another way to stop binge drinking is to draft stricter policies regarding acceptable noise levels and locations of parties and educate campus security guards on the importance of enforcing them. By creating more "safe zones" where alcohol is forbidden, students have less chances of falling prey to binge drinking. Be a voice of reason. College students can help stop binge drinking by committing themselves to stopping excessive drinking. Plan a movie night instead of a trip to the bar. Let friends know when they've had too much to drink. Don't buy someone several shots on his/her 21st birthday. Be a trendsetter in knowing when to stop. Too many students see drinking as a rite of passage; they think they have to "get wasted" to have a good time. In the long run, the best way to stop binge drinking is to change the overall culture that leads to this activity. By taking the previously mentioned steps, the involved parties can slowly but surely work toward this cultural change.
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