Alcohol On College Campus Is Out Of Control


Alcohol is the most widely used substance among American youth. Going to college means the young adults begin to make their own choices, decisions and without their parents around, consequences are non-existent. College is a time for personal experimentation in different areas of behavior. Many more youths try alcohol when compared to cigarettes, and a vast number start drinking at very young ages.

More than half of the college students that drink consume alcohol through binge drinking. Binge drinking is a way of drinking alcohol to bring the blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 grams percent. Two out of every five students have engaged in binge drinking once in the last two weeks. On average, a college student drinks fewer times than the non-college student peers, but they tend to drink more heavily.

Consequences

Death: every year, 1,825 students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from unintentional alcohol injuries such as car crashes.

Assault

Every year, nearly 696,000 students are victims of fellow students that have been drinking.

Sexual Abuse

Close to 97000 students are victims of alcohol-related date rape or sexual assault.

Unsafe Sex

Each year 400000 students practice unsafe sex, with a quarter being too intoxicated to know if they consented to have sex in the first place.

Alcohol Dependence

19%of college students meet the criteria of alcohol dependence, but only 5% seek treatment.

Prevention Strategies

In light of the harm caused by binge drinking, it is essential to look at popular preventative measures. Below are some practical steps that colleges and universities can take to reduce drinking among students.

  • Creating a healthy environment

Environmental factors on-campus play an essential role in influencing the drinking behaviors of students. They can enforce the age 21 laws within the campus. Conduct interventions to correct the misconceptions and change drinking habits as well. Be cautious in making alcohol available on campus since availability leads to increased consumption.

  • Use individual and group-focused approaches to promote healthy behaviors.

Conduct brief motivational interventions by teaching alcohol reduction skills to students. Train those that regularly interact with students to identify potential problems and provide intervention. Give educational interventions to give students new information such as the drinking and driving laws.

  • Challenge the students’ understanding of alcohol’s effects

Many college students will drink alcohol because they believe that it makes them more socially and sexually desirable. By helping them understand that this is not the case, but it has the opposite effect, many students reduce or even stop taking alcohol. By informing students about the adverse effects, alcohol has on their body can help them make more informed decisions regarding alcohol consumption. By understanding what excessive alcohol intake does to their bodies, they can choose to limit the amount they drink or stop drinking.

  • Restriction on bars

On top of enforcing an age limit, colleges should set some restrictions on bars. Studies have shown that alcohol-related incidences are more common in an area where drinking specials. In this light, they should limit the proximity of liquor stores and bars close to campus and each other.