Underage Drinking Dangers Essay

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The Dangers with Underage Drinking

Organizations such as Nationwide Insurance make the argument that “Adults don’t want to send their children to colleges or universities with ‘party school’ reputations.” (Sharon 1). Parents are becoming increasingly scared to send their children to specific schools because these schools have bad reputations for underage drinking. Fathers and mothers do not want to send their kids to these party schools because they fear for their child’s safety. It is no secret that there is plenty of alcohol use on college campuses, especially because half of the student body can legally drink on campus. This creates an issue for the universities on how to enforce the drinking laws among the students on campus. However,
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According to the National Institute On Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “Approximately one-half of sexual assault cases involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, victim, or both” (Sharon 2). This research proposes the idea that alcohol consumption by either person in any sexual assault case increases the likelihood of these situations. Alcohol also adds to the existing risk factors for sexual assault. With this in mind, the consumption of alcohol by underage drinkers on college campuses increases the amount of sexual assault cases due to the increase in the overall amount of drinkers. Many of these underage drinkers are new to environments with alcohol consumption and do not know their limits or how to handle themselves while intoxicated. The 2007 "Campus Sexual Assault Study" published by the U.S. Department of Justice agrees when it states, "Alcohol consumption by the victim is a major risk factor for sexual assault" (Luzer 1). Many of these sexual assaults occur after large college parties where everyone is drunk. If the drinking age is lowered, there will be an overall increase in consumption of alcohol, resulting inevitably, in more sexual assaults. This is a danger that many students fear on campuses over the U.S. Abbey states, “When a survey asked 113 male college students who acknowledged committing a sexually …show more content…
Many college alcohol problems are related to binge drinking, which pose safety concerns for almost all students on campus. Binge drinking is a pattern of heavy drinking over a short period of time that brings blood alcohol concentration levels to at least 0.08 g/dL. In his article, Sharon states, “80 percent of college kids drink alcohol, and over 50 percent of them have partaken in binge drinking in the last two weeks alone” (1). If the drinking age were lowered, more college kids would drink because it would be legal. Sharon’s statistic where more than half of the student body who drink alcohol partake in binge drinking equates to an increase in binge drinking episodes overall if the drinking age were lowered. For the majority of college students, getting drunk is usually the main goal of drinking. Most students think the fastest way to get drunk is by binge drinking. Binge drinking only brings out different dangers that are not worth the couple fun hours preceding the drinking. A national survey of college students shares, “Binge drinkers who consumed alcohol at least 3 times per week were roughly 6 times more likely than those who drank but never binged to perform poorly on a test or project as a result of drinking” (Saylor 1) This article further assesses the different dangers that come with a lower drinking age. Binge drinking physically and mentally affects college students.

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