Alcohol And Academic Performance Essay

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According to the International Journal of Prevention Medicine (2013) the highest proportion of people with alcohol disorders are between 18 and 29 years, an age bracket that includes the majority of enrolled college students. Alcohol use within the college student population continues to be pervasive and a major concern among researchers, parents, and university faculty today. Annually, approximately one out of every three emergency room visits are ages distributed among the college age bracket and are related to alcohol consumption, according to National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) as a result more than one thousand eight hundred deaths take place yearly. The use of alcohol is not only a concern for personal health reasons …show more content…
Research has shown when analyzing academic performance, it is important to look at one’s academic history prior to achieving higher education at the university level; especially when measuring the association between alcohol and other substances (Paschall & Freistheler 2003). It is also recommended to look at one’s family history with alcohol abuse as well as their genetics. Studies have shown the relationship between alcohol consumption and academic performance to be correlated to pre-existing factors. Although alcohol consumption has been proven and documented to have an effect on one’s academic performance the relationship is not exactly clear as to how it exactly effects the population of college …show more content…
When researchers controlled external factors such as, high school GPA, time of the semester, environmental setting, climate (workplace safety climate and innovative safety climate) and demographics the findings were obsolete. Studies suggest students with the lowest grade point average (GPA) level consumed a higher rate of alcohol however, the study indicated there was no relationship between GPA and alcohol given the second highest level of college GPA (3.25-3.49) was found to be the group with the highest mean value of alcohol related problems (Paschall & Freistheler 2003). Adversely, the group in which had the lowest GPA and academic issues was in fact, the group in which experienced less alcohol related issues. Findings suggest, students drink thirty-eight percent less when they had a paper, exam, or project due the following day […] (Butler Dodge & Spencer 2011). As Paschall and Freistheler note (2002), “there are many possible reasons other than alcohol use (lack of interest in a course, higher academic demands in college relative to high school) why college students may miss class, fall behind in their classwork, perform poorly on a test and have a lower GPA. Although, supporting evidence, has shown college students often feel the need to drink after missing an

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