By Emily K. Cohen
Alcohol is a part of American society today, and as young adults, it is natural to be fascinated or even excited about it. After all, for so long, it was off limits due to age restrictions.
Nearly every college student is guilty of drinking alcohol at some point in his or her college career, whether he or she is of age or not. Almost everyone has had the same experience at least once (or a similar one, at least) of waking up unaware of his or her surroundings with his or her arms wrapped around a toilet and feeling humiliated about last night ” if he or she could remember it. It is a vastly unspoken epidemic that strikes the majority of young adults ages 17 to 24, and most of the time, it is all in good fun as long as it is safe and not habitual. It is, of course, the style of drinking that has earned the name “binge drinking.”
To many, this may not seem like cause for alarm. After all, as long as students are not letting it interfere with their studies, not drinking and driving and not in an unsafe environment with questionable company, what should all the fuss be about?
College students need to realize the dangers behind binge drinking.
It is time to examine some facts:
If the average college student is statistically consuming an astronomically intoxicating nine standard-sized drinks in two hours, the results can lead to death not only by alcohol intoxication and poisoning but also death by actions influenced by alcohol.
A common trend nowadays is to “cross fade,” or combine substances such as marijuana or cocaine with alcohol. This trend is on the rise and can lead to consequential actions. This is not to say that every student who drinks is also a drug addict. However, recently there has been a noticeable push on this campus for the legalization of marijuana and other drugs for recreational use.
Alcohol was never meant to be abused. However, it is so easy to get caught up in habitual drinking, and with the possibility of other substances being mixed in, the line between drinking socially and habitually becomes blurred. Soon enough, students may begin to show up to class hungover, above the influence or even not at all. This type of “party” sticks around longer than the morning after headache. Habitual abuse leads to addiction, serious health problems, mental health problems and even death.
Death from drug and alcohol abuse is usually a long and hard road that imprisons the abuser and causes him or her to struggle until the body finally gives out. No one deserves to die like that. Students need to take this time to develop healthy and mature drinking patterns and recognize the signs of abuse before they become a statistic. No one wants to be a statistic.
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