Binge Drinking On College Campuses Essay

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Binge Drinking on College Campuses: Should the drinking age be lowered to 18? It’s a parent’s worst nightmare, getting a call saying that one of their children has passed away at a college party due to binge drinking. This is exactly what happened to the parents of Gordon Bailey. He was hazed by his fraternity brothers and drank a ridiculous amount of alcohol in a short period of time. He was then left on the couch to “sleep it off”, his brothers not realizing that he was dying. He was pronounced dead the next morning. His brothers did not call for help because there was underage drinking going on and they didn’t want to get in trouble. If the drinking age were 18 at the time, would his brothers have called for help? The answer to this question is most likely yes. Binge drinking has become an increasing issue on all college campuses and this is due to the fact that the minimum legal drinking age is 21. In cases of binge drinking, a person will consume alcohol at a rapid rate to get intoxicated faster than usual. In college, it is the social norm to go to parties and consume alcohol, no matter the age or grade. Most college presidents agree that binge drinking is the most serious problem on campus. College students binge drink a lot more than nonstudents of the same age. What if this could all be fixed by lowering the drinking age? Critics of lowering the drinking age say that a person’s brain isn’t fully developed until they are 21, which is why the drinking age should stay…

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