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Binge drinking has been devastating colleges, local communities, and businesses for decades. Until recently, binge drinking has received little scrutiny from national policy makers. Research shows that approximately six to eight million tens and adults routinely binge drink.|
Every autumn, millions of college students will begin their fall semester of college, with the rituals of campus life: class registration, rushing for sororities, and “pre-gaming” in their rooms.
This binging usually involves sitting in a dorm room or an off campus dwelling and drinking as much hard liquor as possible before going to the evening’s sports event. Every year thousands of college and non-college people are received in hospital emergency rooms with acute alcohol poisoning. Such hospitalizations are routine on campuses across the nation. When students are hospitalized, college administrations tend to react with vain attempts to make their college campuses “dry” (How Bingeing Became the New College Sport).
How often a person drinks alcohol – how much, how often, when and what kind – relates directly to health problems, even in teenagers. Research shows that binge drinking in particular, increases the risk of cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. This is primarily because of the rate and speed with which the alcohol is ingested into the body.
Many college campuses have ritual games that involve consuming vast amounts of alcohol in an extremely short period of time. A study at Boston University revealed that binge drinkers are much more prone to accidents than moderate drinkers. This research also indicated that binge drinkers are twice as likely to have suffered a serious injury in the previous six months as compared to the average drinker.
Harvard University’s School of Public health College Alcohol Study revealed the following information on binge drinking:
The implications of these studies show that binge drinking is a widespread phenomenon on many of our college campuses. This problem interferes significantly with the mission of higher education, and also carries with it serious risks of potential alcoholism, disease, injury, or death. It is clear that college and university administrators need to intensify their quest for new approaches in educating and preventing their students from the ravages of binge drinking on college campuses and in the surrounding communities ( Is it Serious?)
“How Bingeing Became the new College Sport” Time Magazine. 2005. 09 Oct. 2005
“Is it Serious?” Alcohol Policies Project. March 2004. 13 Oct. 2005
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