Underage Drinking in College

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Neal Hartman
Mr. Chojnowski
English102-05
30 October, 2012

Underage Drinking in College

Underage drinking in college is a common occurrence and has been for a long time, most people think it is just what college kids do and that it is something that it okay. The truth is that for many students from the age of 17 to 20 the drinking isn’t just distracting kids from their work it could be hurting them in many other ways. Most of the problem isn’t just the fact that the kids are all drinking but it is how and where they drink, most underage kids are not going out to bars or to mature parties where getting extremely drunk usually isn’t what happens. But instead kids are going to house parties and playing games that involve drinking large amounts of alcohol in short periods of time, or they will buy a cup for 5 or 10 bucks and have all the beer they can drink. There is just too much risk for kids that are becoming adults and trying to make something good of their lives.

“Alcohol use typically is initiated during adolescence, a period that coincides with critical structural and functional maturation of the brain” (Silveri 4). In other words when most people start to drink their brain is still growing and this can disrupt the correct growth of the brain. The age period in which most college students are is 17-23, which is a period in which your brain is developing and growing. If there is extreme amounts of drinking this could hinder the growth and maturing of the brain. “Factors increasing the risks associated with underage alcohol use include the age group's reduced sensitivity to alcohol sedation and increased sensitivity to alcohol-related disruptions in memory.” (Silveri 4). This is saying that kids could get much too high tolerances which can lead to their children being born with a bigger risk of having alcoholism, and that when kids are drinking during brain growth their memory can be permanently disrupted. This can affect an endless list of things in your life, like your job, your family, and/or anyone around you. If someone has memory issues they may not be able to remember some great times with thier friends and family and that is detrimental to their relationship with those people. When a person is trying to get a good job and they have issues remember things that are important that with definitely hurt the chances that they would get the job. The main problem with drinking in college is binge drinking or drinking just to become intoxicated. Kids will usually go out to a party already slightly intoxicated and then when they get there they will either play drinking games or just chug large amounts of beer and liquor. And to many kids it is “cool” to be very intoxicated or to drink large amounts of beer or liquor. Drinking large amounts of alcohol can also cause blackouts; which are when you can’t remember what happened for a certain amount of time caused by drinking too much. Blackouts are not like the long term memory loses but to think that for one night you don’t know what happened to you because you can’t remember. Just think if you have gotten into a fight or got into a situation where someone could rape you or hurt you in a severe way and you wouldn’t be able to remember any of it. “On the individual level, factors increasing those risks are a positive family history of alcoholism, which has a demonstrated effect on brain structure and function, and emerging comorbid psychiatric conditions. These vulnerabilities-of the age group, in general, as well as of particular individuals-likely contribute to excessive and unsupervised drinking in college students.” (Silveri 4). This is saying that for every individual there is a different reason for drinking, so people have a family history that when they were born they had a bigger risk of drinking. For some kids drinking is a way to get away from the struggles of everyday work in college. “Binge drinking among college students is associated with a...
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