Binge drinking in and out of college

by Kaela Schumann on November 7, 2016 - 11:09pm

The article I found is titled “Binge drinking in and out of college: An examination of social control and differential association on binge drinking behaviors between college students and their non-college peers.” This article is about excessive drinking behavior in both college and non-college groups. It’s looking at whether one is more likely to drink in college or out of college at the same age. However, The most prominent predictor of individual drinking is peer behavior. This is an important subject to research because alcohol has negative consequences and can be dangerous especially to young people like college students.

For research, there was a survey conducted asking about alcohol use and college status. For further research, three different types of social control was measured, involvement, belief, and attachment. Their findings suggested that being in college or not being in college does affect whether or not you are more likely to binge drink. They also found a persons drinking behavior will be similar to there peers, it stated “…although the college environment is unique in some ways, peers significantly influence the behavior of 18-22 year olds, as differential association would predict,” (Byrd 2016)

There are many things that affect a persons drinking behavior. From this scholarly article we find peer behavior strongly affects it as well as whether or not someone pursued college, which increases the likelihood of binge drinking.

Citations:

 

Byrd, K. M. (2016). Binge drinking in and out of college: An examination of social control and differential association on binge drinking behaviors between college students and their non-college peers. Sociological Spectrum, 36(4), 191-207. doi:10.1080/02732173.2016.1155516

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The reason why I chose to view this post was due to its title. Binge drinking is something that happens on a college campus all the time, and I know a few people who partake it in. I wanted to know about how others, including social scientists, view the phenomenon. I found it interesting that the most common predictor of whether or not a person binge drinks if peer pressure. I also found it interesting that people were not more likely to drink based on the fact that they’re in college. Overall I was interested in learning about the subject because I do know much about it. I grew up in a household where I would stay home most weekends, so I never experienced the peer pressures that are described within the article.

I gravitated to the title of your post because I myself am a college student and I have been on many college campuses where my college peers participate in binge drinking. I truly agree with the idea that peer pressure or influence is a big reason why there is a large amount of students that binge drink. Many feel a desire to be apart of a group and have a need to be accepted. In high school it is very easy to distance oneself from peers as some people go from home to school and back. But, in college, those that live on campus can be more exposed to a high drinking population. I was one of those kids that was sheltered by home and it was easy to escape negative influences by peers. With that said, I have always been a strong person when it comes to keeping my values. I know and do what I want when it comes to social situations. Both in high school and now in college for me it is just as easy to turn down the social "vices" of my peers. Also in my life I associate excessive alcohol use to being negative and something I always want to stay away from because I have family members that have died from drunk drivers and I know many people that were or are alcoholics. However, not everyone is like me and when they are open to these new social activities they tend to take part reluctantly. The scary thing is that the new social activities may include binge drinking which as you said can have very negative and dangerous effects on a person. This teenage to young adult college age is very impressionable which concerning considering that it can lead to many more people that take part in binge drinking.

What drew me to the blog about the article was the title. I found it interesting because binge drinking is something that people in my age group do, so to have a study done on testing it, seems quite intriguing. I completely agreed with the article as it says that people around the age of eighteen to twenty-two years old usually binge drink, no no one ever suspects anything other than that teenagers drink. I believe that the blog had some good key points about the article and helped explain the study that was provided in the article. I personally think that this topic relates to implicit and explicit racism and the stereotypes faced with that. In class we discussed the topic of implicit racism which means that a person does not necessarily know that they are being racist. Just like in the text, many adults just assume that teenagers binge drink because they are teenagers. They don’t necessarily take into account that other factors may come into play such as: peer behaviour. Explicit racism is when people are flat out racist and don’t care what other people think or say. For example: in the blog about the summary, the author mentioned that teenagers around the age of eighteen to twenty-two years old who are in school binge drink the same amount as others who aren’t in school full time. A lot of adults flat out blame that if they aren’t in school, they have more time to drink and the study in the article proved that to be wrong; which I found extremely fascinating.

The reason i chose this topic is because of the interesting, and not talked about enough,title. When i first read this article i completely agreed with you most kids in college or out of college are most influenced by their peers in anything especially when it comes to drinking. no one wants to look like the kid who doesn't drink because all of his friends will bust on him for being a baby. Peer pressure into drinking is something that happens probably everyday in college or out of it, but one thing i will say is its not always just the peers that influence you. Parents are one of the biggest influences in our lives and they certainly influenced my life when it came to drinking. Neither of my parents drink basically at all so to see that my whole life was something that stuck out to me. I liked that about my parents because not a lot of parents are like that. They have influenced me not to be a drinker and be different from the rest because that's who i am. Point being, parents are another influential aspect of drinking in your life as are peers.

I wanted to read your post because of the title, "Binge Drinking In and Out of College". This topic is not talked about often and i think it should be discussed more than it is. When I started reading your article I realized that you're completely right. Kids in or out of college are most influenced by their peers especially when it comes to drinking. I also believe that peer pressure is the main reason as to why kids drink. Before i came to college I personally was not a drinker. I remember going to my first party and at least 10 different people asked me if I wanted a beer. Peer pressure is definitely one of the main reasons as to why kids start drinking because no one wants to be known as the person who does not drink.

What really drew me to this article was the tittle. Being a college student I know what the nights out usually are and how they can turn out to be. Having tried alcoholic beverages in the past, I also know their effects and how they can easily become addictive to someone that has low control over itself. It is interesting to know what influences college students to drink so much and how bad their consumption is compared to non-students young adults. I was surprised to see that the drinking behavior were less about one’s own control and will to drink but more about how peers influence our behaviors and how we drink mainly because they tell us to drink. It also shocked me to know that even non college students were peer pressured to drink a lot. I could relate this study to something we saw in class. The peer pressure aspect of this mad me reflect upon how racism becomes normal to a person when everybody is doing it. How easy it is for a kid to insult a minority group student because everybody else is doing it and telling him to do it.

The topic binge drinking and college students is what pulled my interest towards this post. I agree, whether or not the 18-22 year old teen is a college student or not will drink because of the age, their environment and the influence of their peers. It mainly depends on the environment you are in and influenced by. If an 18-22 year old is surrounded by other teens who are all getting trashed at a party just having fun and being wild, and especially with friends peer pressuring this teen to drink, he/she will most likely be tempted to do the same and not miss out on the fun unless they're actually responsible and have self-discipline enough to not binge. College students have the stereotype of partaking in crazy college parties, which again brings us back to the theme of environment. A teen isn't going to binge drink during a seminar class or at their job, its a matter of environment.

The topic binge drinking and college students is what pulled my interest towards this post. I agree, whether or not the 18-22 year old teen is a college student or not will drink because of the age, their environment and the influence of their peers. It mainly depends on the environment you are in and influenced by. If an 18-22 year old is surrounded by other teens who are all getting trashed at a party just having fun and being wild, and especially with friends peer pressuring this teen to drink, he/she will most likely be tempted to do the same and not miss out on the fun unless they're actually responsible and have self-discipline enough to not binge. College students have the stereotype of partaking in crazy college parties, which again brings us back to the theme of environment. A teen isn't going to binge drink during a seminar class or at their job, its a matter of environment.

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