Effects of Alcohol Abuse on College Students Essay

989 Words Dec 6th, 2009 4 Pages
Betty Gabriel Mr. Scott English 1301-16 12 November 2009 Alcohol and College Students: What are the Effects? College is a time in one’s life to start over, to start off on a clean slate. It is also time for a person to prepare for their future. Most importantly, college is time for people to achieve an education, while furthermore working on who they are and who they want to be. However, when people hear about college experiences, they are mostly focused around wild parties, drugs, and alcohol: the makings of a “good time”. Most of the time, all people hear and talk about is how much alcohol they drank the night before and how “awesome” it was, but what are some of the effects that result from the road of alcohol? Since …show more content…
Although mostly negative things come out of alcohol abuse, there are some positive occurrences that do take place. In order to reduce alcohol use and abuse, universities and colleges are putting new policies and programs into practice. Some strategies that they are using are “strengthening academic requirements, which make it harder for students who abuse alcohol to keep up, scheduling classes on Fridays to ensure that parties do not occur on [“thirsty”] Thursdays, and keeping libraries and recreational facilities open longer [so that students have something to do besides drink and party]” (Alcohol Education Project 4, 5). Other instances include “eliminating alcohol companies as sponsors for athletic programs, restricting alcohol promotions and advertising on campus and in campus publications, monitoring fraternities, providing a wide range of alcohol-free social and recreational activities, strictly disciplining repeat offenders, notifying parents when students engage in serious or repeated violations of alcohol laws, and launching media campaigns to inform students about the actual amount of drinking that occurs on campuses” (Alcohol Education Project 5). Some examples of award-winning colleges and universities with such programs are “Boston College, Rutgers University, Syracuse University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Washington

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