Second solution old be to have an open relationship with the local bars and pubs, get them involved in helping out around the school, making them a part of the college culture. Third idea would be the immediate expulsion Of any student caught driving drunk or carrying out disorderly conduct. The criticism in this proposal can be summed up in several reasons; it is not the college’s job to educate students, that’s the parents. Of course this can be turned around by. Banning anything never works, people will find a way.
As history tells America once tried a noble experiment to ban alcohol which came known as the Prohibition Era which ended in failure. According to an article on PBS, The Prohibition has caused unseen effects in America: The greatest unintended consequence of Prohibition however, was the plainest to see. For over a decade, the law that was meant to foster temperance instead fostered intemperance and excess. The solution the United States had devised to address the problem of alcohol abuse had instead made the problem even worse.
The statistics of the period are notoriously unreliable, but it is very clear that in many parts of the United States more people were ranking and people were drinking more. As evident from the prohibition, alcohol did not go away; in fact Americans resorted to taking drugs, performing illegal activities and manufacturing their own beer to combat the intrusive law. Now imagine what college students will do to obtain a drop of alcohol. In short if they want alcohol, then they will stop at nothing to acquire their beverages. Campuses need to instead focus on promoting responsible drinking.
One solution I have would be to have the college rent out vacant rooms for parties. This way some revenue can be earned and the students re drinking under the eyes of the college administrator. This in a sense ensures the party stays within one area and prevents drunkards from wandering to and from dorms. Also by allowing students to drink in several designated areas, as with smoking, they are likely to develop a more relaxed and open relation to alcohol. This will help shape students into becoming more responsible drinkers in the future.
As an added bonus it will also allow students to be able to relax and unwind without having to resort to driving out to parties where accidents may occur. As mentioned earlier about involving the bars and pubs, the reasoning behind it is that it brings the community together. The local bartenders will know the students and be able to help with college in cracking down on underage drinking or preventing any one too intoxicated to drive. In addition this will give the idea to students that drinking is common place and not something to hide or be ashamed off.
Thus with a more open feeling towards alcohol students are less likely to binge if they could just go to the bar freely with friends without having to worry about hiding it from the school. As From Harrow states in her article “Stop Babysitting College Students”, “Careful use of alcohol relaxes and warms the drinker with a sense of well-being. Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt saved Western civilization without ever missing a cocktail hour’ (41 College is a stressful time and students deserve a time and place to settle down and relax with friends.
College students should not be frisked and treated as simpletons for wanting to share a mug with colleagues. Furthermore, the idea that college students are children needs to be abolished. One cannot continue to coddle them any longer, college is the time and place to begin to how how one may act in the adult world. They must learn to deal with the consequences Of their actions. Never blame the effect for the cause is the culprit. Take for example, Henry Heckler, author of “Binge Drinking Must Be Stopped” argues for the banning of alcohol on campus grounds with this statement. ‘The root of the problem is seldom touched.
The focus is on the students, and not on the suppliers and marketers of the alcohol” (31 ). This argument is invalid, the root of the problem is the students not the business. They are the ones who buy the alcohol and give business to the local bars, UBS and breweries. That would be the same as blaming the tobacco company for teen smoking. Instead colleges should implement harsher Palestine for students caught breaking the rules. That is to expel any students who are caught driving under the influence or buying drinks for anyone under the legal age who are currently enrolled in college.
There must be consequences for these actions, this way students are also less likely to binge drink if it means getting kicked out of their school and potentially ruining their career. This in turn will promote more students to drink on campus as opposed to going out to parties and which could result in accidents or lives lost. Now one main argument is the death tally that occurs among college students. A report taken from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism website. 1 ,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries. ” This can be lower drastically if colleges begin to take a more radical approach to combating binge drinking. The statistic cays 18 to 24, thus College students are at the prime to be impressed and influenced to develop a responsible habit towards ranking. Opposition would say that to allow drinking on campus will be declaring open season for drunken debauchery. The opposition fails to realize that students already drink regardless.
So what better way to keep an eye on students than to have them drink on campus under the watchful eyes of college administrators. To recap, Colleges need to change their views on alcohol entirely. First, rent rooms out for parties to keep drinking within a small supervised section of the school as opposed to having multitude of illegal parties waiting for police intervention. Next, make partnerships with he local bars and pubs to join in on the school culture, offering discounts to students who maintain a good rep and to report any behaviors that could be dangerous.