Getting Serious About Eradicating Binge Drinking Essay

1007 Words Sep 21st, 2010 5 Pages
In Henry Wechsler’s, “Getting Serious about Eradicating Binge Drinking”, he discusses the issue of binge drinking. Binge drinking is an extensive problem on college campuses. The majority of colleges merely focus on the student, rather than what encourages students to drink. Fraternities, sororities, and athletics are huge sources of the students on campus who drink. There are many approaches colleges can take to decrease the problem, and many colleges are already getting a head start. It is also important to not ignore how often colleges indirectly encourage students to drink (20). First of all, binge drinking has been a problem for some time now. It has climbed over the past few years, capturing more attention from the media. A study …show more content…
Additionally, athletic programs are another center of binge drinking. Involvement with athletics actually increases a students’ likelihood for binge drinking. Not many coaches are involved in an alcohol prevention program, which does not set a very good example for students. Colleges should make it mandatory for coaches to enroll in programs that can reduce alcohol abuse. This will show students that alcohol can affect every aspect of their lives. It is also important to send this message to high-school students, since most binge drinkers start in high school. Sending college students to talk to high-school students about alcohol can potentially reduce the amount of incoming college freshmen who abuse alcohol. High-school students have a better chance of believing the messages of college students, since they think that whatever a college student has to say must be true, considering that they are soon-to-be college freshmen. Instead of colleges just focusing on strictly their own campus, it is important to focus on the environment that surrounds college campuses. These areas might have bars or liquor stores that college students might abuse alcohol at. The real problem is how easy it is for students to get large quantities of alcohol for a low price, and this keeps them buying, which keeps them abusing (21-22). Colleges have already started to take action to help prevent alcohol abuse. Many are trying to eliminate the

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