I had never had any doubts that excessive drinking of alcohol is bad for people, regardless of whether they are in college, high school, or if they are already working—excessive drinking is bad, end of argument. There is no point into pointing out on the details of how alcohol can be beneficial for us because those theories that claim that alcohol may be good for us only study the positive effects of alcohol based on very little intake. Somehow, moderate drinking does not go hand in hand with college drinking. The reactions in this paper would be geared towards how alcohol drinking affects college students.College and Alcohol Of course, alcohol would always be part of the college experience especially because college students are well over the drinking age (assuming that they are not one of those genius kids that accelerate to college before they can even legally drink). The problem lies with the excessive intake of it.
Parties, college sports, fraternity and sorority events—they would not be the same without the booze. Almost every person that experienced college has a funny story to go back to during their college days, and it is usually about the night they got so wasted and did a lot of embarrassing things.As much as I appreciate the “good times,” the fact is, alcohol has a lot of negative effects on students. Studies Perhaps, the most obvious drawback of alcohol on college life is the diversion it provides that makes college students forget why they are in school in the first place. How many hours have college students wasted on partying, drinking alcohol, or recovering from a hangover? Instead of studying or doing other more productive activities, some college students prefer to go to events where they drink alcohol.
This is a very time consuming activity—the drinking activity itself consumes time, and when things get a little out of hand, excessive drinking may cause them to be “sedated” for hours, depending on their body tolerance and how much they have actually drunk. Even if they manage to attend class, they would only be physically present because they would not be able to focus properly in class. Based on some studies, college students say that their academics suffer because of drinking alcohol (Engs, Diebold, & Hansen, 1996). ViolenceA lot of violent activities can be blamed to alcohol drinking. College students may either be the instigator or the victim of alcohol-related violence, which, at any rate, spells trouble for both. Statistics say that an assault on another student usually happens when the attacker is under the influence of alcohol. Though I believe that a well-planned attack is more likely to happen, alcohol definitely plays a part in some of the random attacks. College coeds are especially prone to assault and rape whenever drunken guys are lurking around campus.
Most rapes are probably done by drunken frat boys during and after parties. The consequences of these attacks affect greatly the lives of the college students. The victims would surely have the bad end of it. They would be physically harmed, and the violence-related incident may cause them permanent damage or even death, putting a stop to their education. On the other end, the attackers would be arrested (or should be arrested), also preventing them from finishing school, at least for the time being.
Health ProblemsIf the injuries and possible death do not take their toll on a college student, continuous excessive drinking of alcohol poses serious health problems. It does not take a doctor to figure this out. A number of diseases can be blamed on alcoholism. They may not take effect while the student is still in college, but eventually it would, which would still affect a former college student’s life.
Reference Engs R. C. , Diebold, B. A. , & Hansen, D.
J. (1996). The drinking patterns and problems of a national sample of college students, 1994. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education 41(3), 13-33.