The Causes And Effects Of Binge Drinking Among College Students

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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, …show more content…
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 environment they are in which includes the lack of parental supervision and the easy accessibility to large amounts of alcohol. This new found freedom in college students gives them the opportunity to explore their sexuality. It wasn’t until the early 21st century that studies on the “hook up culture” became more prevalent (Gilmartin, 2006). Glenn and Marquardt (Stinson, 2010) define hooking up as “distinctive sex-without-commitment interaction between college women and men”. Hooking up is much more prevalent amongst those who are consuming alcohol. Alcohol consumption can also cause unwanted sexual encounter, a study done by Flack and colleagues (Stinson, 2010) found that one third of females engaged in unwanted sex while being

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