Negative Effects of Alcohol on College Campus

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Daniel C Neill
Negative Effects of Alcohol on a College Campus

Every young teenager dreams of coming to college and attending huge fraternity parties and going out on the weekends but with little self-control this can become a huge problem. It is a commonly known fact that alcohol is a drug that negatively affects a college campus on a daily basis and I see it first hand affecting UNC-Charlotte. There are a number of reasons that this is true. College is one of the main places that binge drinking occurs because you are finally living on your own and can make your own decisions. This is extremely unfortunate because most of the students in college are between the ages of 17 and 22. According to studies until the age of 25, the human brain is not fully developed. Because of this, the years of college can take a toll on your brain development. Along with the loss of brain development there is a large range of affects that alcohol can cause from having bad judgment, terrible grades, addiction, and the overall health of yourself.

Your judgment can be impaired from making the right decisions and can alter the choice that you would usually make. For example, often time’s people have intercourse with someone that they would not if they were sober. However, sexual acts aren’t the only bad choice you can make. In general, most people will not get into a car with a driver that had been drinking. Unfortunately, when under the influence, it is easy for one’s inhibitions to be thrown out the window. Far too often, the next thing being thrown of the window is the passenger. A recent study called, “High-Risk Drinking in College: What We Know and What We Need to Learn,” states that approximately half of fatal car accidents involving people ages eight-teen through twenty-four are associated with drinking. Too often, people do not think about the others they are affecting while drinking. A buddy of mine that attends UNCC with me decided to drink and drive under the...
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