Issues With Binge Drinking in Colleges

Issues With Binge Drinking in Colleges

Nowadays, binge drinking is widespread in colleges. According to the National Survey of Students at 140 Campuses carried out in 1993, about 44% of L college students were binge drinkers, including 19% frequent binge drinkers (who binged three or more times in the past two weeks) and 25% of L infrequent drinkers (who binged one or two times in the past two weeks). It goes without saying that binge drinking is now bringing problems to the daily life in colleges. The most evident one is that binge drinking may lead to serious consequences in the drinkers’ health. Moreover, binge drinking can negatively affect the drinkers’ academic lives in college. Last, binge drinking can pose dangers for the non-binge drinkers on campus as well. Thus, as binge drinking influences college students’ lives in negative ways, in my opinion it is better to forbid binge drinking.

Firstly, binge drinking is bad for students’ health. It is the leading cause of the accidental deaths among college students. It is reported in Table 3 of the National Survey that more than half of the college students drove after drinking alcohol, and the binge drinkers, especially the frequent binge drinkers, suffered more than three times higher frequencies of alcohol-related driving behaviors than the non-binge drinkers. As the common knowledge that the influence of alcohol can make drivers lost their consciousness, with such a large proportion of college students driving after drinking alcohol, no wonder it is reported that alcohol abuse was as the most important cause of death among the young. Moreover, binge drinking can cause unsafe sex. According to the Harvard Study, 41 percent of the frequent binge drinkers engage in unplanned sexual activity, as opposed to only 4 percent for non-binge drinkers. As unprotected sex is now regarded as the main cause of all sexual transmitted diseases, such as AIDS, binge drinking is definitely unsafe for college students’ health in this aspect.

Secondly, binging drinking influences the drinkers’ academic lives in negative ways. According to the data of the National Survey, frequent binge drinkers are more inclined to miss classes than non-binge drinkers, with percentage 61% to 8%, and to fall behind in schoolwork with percentage 46% to 6%. If students keep missing classes and getting behind in schoolwork, their academic life will definitely face the danger of being ruined, just as it is suggested in researches that college students who drink heavily have lower grades than those who drink moderately or not at all.

Thirdly, binge drinking can always put up risks for the non-binge drinking students on campus. In a 1994 study by the Harvard School of Public Health, 82% of the non-binge drinkers living in dorms, fraternities or sororities said they had experienced secondhand binge effects. Also the recent national report that reviewed published studies concluded that alcohol was involved in two thirds of college student suicides, in 90% of campus rapes and in 95% of violent crimes on campus.” Therefore, it seems that for the non-binge drinkers, binge drinking has filled their happy college life with concealed dangers, as they will never know when the students around will go binge drinking and what these unconscious students will do to them while being drunk.

From the statement above, it is clear that binge drinking is harming the college students’ lives as it is doing no good to either the health or the academic life of the binge drinker, and it is negatively influencing the non-binge drinkers’ college life as well. Thus, the best way to avoid the harms brought by it is to forbid binge drinking. In this way, all college students will be able to lead a safe campus life.

Work Cited
Carson, E. “Purging Bingeing.” Reason 27 (1 December, 1995)
Wechsler, H, et al. “Health and Behavioral Consequences of Binge Drinking in College. A National Survey of Students at 140 Campuses.” Journal of the American Medical Association 272 (December 7, MLA 1994)