Drinking Alcohol Is Not Out Of The Norm Essay

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For college student, consuming alcohol is not out of the norm. The National College Health Assessment Data collected in spring of 2015 found that approximately 65% of females and males have consumed alcohol at least once in the past 30 days(ACHA-NCHA). A popular trend amongst college students is binge drinking. As defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), binge drinking or heavy episodic drinking occurs when a person drinks 5 or more alcoholic drinks on the same occasion on at least 1 day in the past 30 days (NIAAA). In 2010, NIAAA reported 44% of 18-22 year olds enrolled in college participated in binge drinking (NIAAA). Alcohol use is common amongst people with social anxiety disorders as well (NIAAA). The use of alcohol helps people with anxiety disorders feel more comfortable in a situation. While it helps people with social anxiety disorders, high levels of alcohol consumption will result in lower levels of family life satisfaction. The use of alcohol causes poor academic performance, lower levels of life satisfaction, and unhealthy habits.
Alcohol Consumption in College Students
College is a period of time in which many young adults are away from their parents and on their own for the first time in their lives. According to Del Boca, Dirkes, Greenbaum, & Goldman (Ligouri, & Lonbaken, 2015), first year college students are among the most at risk for problematic drinking, compared to upper classman, because of the new sociocultural…

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