When is too Much?

by Ckay1 on October 23, 2013 - 11:50pm

 

College drinking has become more of an issue over the past few years. It has increased in this day and age due to changing social norms or expectations. Alcohol is becoming more and more accessible to those underage for many reasons; fake ID’s and “hook ups”. This is becoming a problem today in the colligate world.  In a recent study done in 2010 at a Belgian University, 7,015 students participated in a web questionnaire. The researchers looked at drinking behavior and environmental factors, norms and consequences. It was found that on average students had 1.7 drinks a day and 2.8 episodes of abusive drinking a month. It was also discovered that heavier drinking occurs if students live in the dorms on their campus. A big thing on college campuses that contributes to the drinking issues is what student’s call “pre-gaming”. This can sometimes turn into more than what the students expect and end up becoming completely wasted before they even go out. This can have a lot of bad effects on the students standing in the college’s eyes.

 

            The main point that the authors were trying to get at is how to curb the excessive drinking on college campuses. They studied a college in Belgium so may or may not be true to college students all around the world, but still be generalized somewhat to a larger population. The authors want college authorities to acknowledge their responsibility of their students drinking behaviors and stick to a responsible, controlled drinking environment.

 

Lorant, V. (2013) Alcohol drinking among college students: college responsibility for personal troubles. BMC Public Health (1-9)

Comments

I agree 100% with your response. I have dealt with this issue personally almost every weekend. What happens is that people pre-game in their rooms, get slightly tipsy then go out to parties, pay $5 and drink as much as they can (usually about 5 to make their money worth something). Then they come home and act stupid. After the time of them “feeling great” is over, they often times get sick in either their room or the bathrooms leaving them feeling awful. Then they sleep a lot the next day. And go out that night and do it all over again. It is a never ending cycle. However, how can it be stopped? Realistically it cannot. People are going to do what they want no matter what and the cops cannot arrest every under-aged student they see drinking. I also believe in the research you stated. People drink because it can be a way of bonding or letting out steam after a long week of school.

College drinking has been a problem for a very, very long time. It is part of the well known “college culture”. Only now has the use of hardcore drugs (Cocaine, Heroin, LSD) gone down in college settings, but not completely. Things like molly (a very refined form of ecstasy) are becoming very popular in the party scene. Only by 1987 did the government change the legal drinking age from 18 to 21. Some people still think it should be brought back down to 18 and have better alcohol education programs. I certainly agree the degree of excessive drinking should come down. Many students don’t realize how dangerous it truly is.

I have the same view on this issue, alcohol on campus has become a major problem and has led to instances such as: Rape, injury, or even death. Drinking can be a social activity for those of age but it has turned into a party activity. The statistics that you bring up fully support your claim and that brings strength to your argument. The statistics also show what is happening on college campuses nationwide. Too many students are abusing alcohol and making irrational decisions which can have deadly consequences. College should be a place to have fun with your friends and get a quality education. We do not want to spend tens of thousands of dollars to earn a degree that will never exist because of the decision to drink alcohol.

I completely agree with this article. A lot of the time when you dorm it is peer pressure. I remember the first few weeks, there was nothing else to do BUT party. All your friends were doing it so you decide to drink yourself. Many college students think that the only thing to do is party during the weekends besides just hanging out with friends. Pre-gaming is a HUGE problem. The students want to feel tipsy before the party even begins and get inebriated when the party ends. Also, these students dorming are having alcohol in their room when they know they shouldn't. Nowadays, if you are underage getting alcohol is fairly easily. All you need to is have an older brother, some connections and etc. Most students mindset is to party every weekend to get the college experience and to meet friends and etc. Drinking has always been a problem in colleges. When you dorm, you see a lot of people going to parties and getting wasted so you decide to do it too.

Alcohol has become a major problem with high school and leading on to college. High school student tend to go out in their last year of college because they are graduating and want to party. They get their fake ID's from their older sister, it may work sometimes, but not fake ID's work. I agree about the campus and the college itself contributes to these parties, they put posters all around the school indicating their will be a party this date and everyone goes, knowing they might have an exam on the Monday coming up. If people get used to going out every weekend, where does studying come in that weekend. People would drop their most important things to do and go out, which is a big problem. Administration should be detecting the problems on the campuses and exclude them.

I agree with your article and response completely. College and teen underage drinking is becoming a big problem that can lead to bad outcomes. Not only can there be college probation and involvement of the police but also there are health risks. Sometimes partying can go to far. In many situations there are drinking games involved with pre-gaming. This can turn drinking into a competition which can involve people over-stepping their limits. This can not only lead to a bad hangover the next day but could involve more serious risks. For example hospitalization and in more serious cases it can lead to alcoholism. Alcoholism can be a very serious problem that can be life altering. But when a beer is in hand, none of these consequences are weighed, and bad decisions are made leaving underage students in bad positions.

I couldn’t agree more with the view on this article. What caught my eye was your title, then when I started reading I was hooked because this is a problem in my environment where I live right now. In college here in Brockport kids pre-game in the room to get tipsy then they go out and pay 5 dollars to finish the night and drink a little more at the parties. This is how alcohol poisoning begins and this doesn’t just look bad for college students it looks even worse for the college. I agree that excessive drinking should be taken care of by colleges but drinking in moderation is okay in my opinion.

I agree with your post because there have been many stories on the news talking about young adolescents and teenagers that have taken drinking too far. There are some that have died because they drank too much and got into accidents and there are some that tried to go home alone and got lost in the woods or fell in a river and they passed away...Drinking is alright, but it should be done in moderation!

Melanie Agaliotis

When is Too Much
I completely agree with this article, with my experiences in college I find that there is so much peer pressure for people to drink. I find this to be even more prominent during drinking games. Things like beer pong and flip cup encourage people to compete against each other to see who can drink the most. Colleges should be able to regulate under aged drinking in a more successful way in which actually stops under aged drinking.

I found this post very interesting because it has affected everyone around us. Everyone has most likely been pressured to drink, or drink more if they live on college campus. This is a problem because students do not know there limit, and can easily become out of control and harm themselves or others. Living on campus I have witnessed multiple times where someone has had too much to drink and ends up going to the hospital. This is a serious problem because this can cause long term affects or even death. There should be more educational programs teaching the truth about what alcohol does.

I found this post very interesting because it has affected everyone around us. Everyone has most likely been pressured to drink, or drink more if they live on college campus. This is a problem because students do not know there limit, and can easily become out of control and harm themselves or others. Living on campus I have witnessed multiple times where someone has had too much to drink and ends up going to the hospital. This is a serious problem because this can cause long term affects or even death. There should be more educational programs teaching the truth about what alcohol does.

I agree completely with your response. I feel as though teens, especially college students, find the only time they spend with friends other than roommates is while drinking and going to parties. Already, it only being the first semester of freshman year, there have been several instances in which police and ambulance have been in the dorms or in communication with students for drinking. I feel teens should learnt o have a good time with out alcohol being involved.

I agree completely with your response. I feel as though teens, especially college students, find the only time they spend with friends other than roommates is while drinking and going to parties. Already, it only being the first semester of freshman year, there have been several instances in which police and ambulance have been in the dorms or in communication with students for drinking. I feel teens should learnt o have a good time with out alcohol being involved.

I agree completely with your response. I feel as though teens, especially college students, find the only time they spend with friends other than roommates is while drinking and going to parties. Already, it only being the first semester of freshman year, there have been several instances in which police and ambulance have been in the dorms or in communication with students for drinking. I feel teens should learnt o have a good time with out alcohol being involved.

I agree completely with your response. I feel as though teens, especially college students, find the only time they spend with friends other than roommates is while drinking and going to parties. Already, it only being the first semester of freshman year, there have been several instances in which police and ambulance have been in the dorms or in communication with students for drinking. I feel teens should learnt o have a good time with out alcohol being involved.

I agree with your response on underage drinking, college students who live on campus definitely are more exposed to this. The colleges seem to create events that discourage underage behavior but don't take more preventive steps. I liked how you had different studies discussing how underage drinking is evolving, but what about the laws? Have colleges been keeping up with this, because it's clear that most of the policies and restrictions that are currently in effect are not working.

I agree with your point of view on this alcoholic predicament, however, I don’t believe that there is a whole lot one can do to curb this problem. The thing with the college drinking problem is that, unfortunately, it is more or less a tradition of college. For example, when seniors in high school talk about going to college one of the first things they think of is partying and drinking alcohol. Now back to the whole process of curbing college drinking; this process within itself will be extremely difficult to accomplish. Even as it is now colleges and police forces can’t stop drinking at colleges because of how imbedded the “tradition” of drinking at college is.

I completely agree that college drinking is a major problem in our society. Kids today binge drink more than ever and new drinks have been created to get teens drunk quicker with less liquid. I was shocked that students who live on campus drink more than those living off. I think Brockport does a great job with keeping their students under control by banning alcohol from freshman dorms and students pay consequences if they are found drinking on campus when they are under 21. The “Good Samaritan” policy is a great way to get students the help they need when they are in danger. I think that it is out of colleges’ hands to make kids drink safely. Our society is changing and it is teen’s own responsibility to take action. Since you talked about an article in Belgium I think it would be a great idea to look up information in the U.S. to compare the two.

I agree that drinking is a widespread problem especially on college campuses. Peer pressure especially in dorms can cause students that do not know their limits too drink too much. On the weekends many college students feel that there is not thing to do besides party. Many times partying goes to far and students find themselves in danger or even in trouble with the police.

I cannot say that I completely agree with this article. From my personal experiences and from being on a college campus this information seems irrelevant. If anything I think that most of the drinking occurs off campus at house parties. It is not necessarily true that all college students drink in excess or even at all, this is a stigma put upon college students and their drinking habits. I am not say that binge drinking does not occur, because it does, it’s just not as prevalent as the article insinuates. Drinking does have many consequences; however, it’s the young person’s responsibility to control their consumption and their actions taken while inebriated.

Every weekend, I have seen people stumble back into my dorm building every weekend and make absolute fools of themselves. The thing that really gets me though, is that several of them have been written up, some on more than one occasion, yet they still go out and get belligerently drunk every weekend. So by seeing this happen so often, I completely agree with your article. Some people really cannot handle the freedoms that come with college. They haven’t reached the certain maturity and responsibility that comes with knowing when enough is enough. I find this sad because I wonder if they are going to even make it through college, and if they somehow manage to, how they will turn out as spouses or parents.
One of the reasons I feel so strongly about this is because I was exposed to severe alcoholism very early in my life. Certain members of my family drank every night of the week, and on weekends would drink themselves into a stupor. I see people, my peers, in college doing this now and I can’t help but wonder if their children are going to have to see the same kind of things that my siblings and I had to see growing up. Because of this I think that some colleges should really crack down on excessive drinking. I can understand giving warnings or allowing students to come back to the dorms buzzed, but when students are constantly coming back to the dorms just to throw up until they pass out two or three nights a week, something needs to be done.

I agree with all the statements in your post. I like how you incorporate the stat of 2.8 episodes of abusive drinking a month, and the inclusion of the term, “pre-gaming”, which is a common term among college students. The part of your post I truly agree with is when you say that people should be drinking in a controlled, responsible environment. I believe that college students should be able to drink any amount of alcohol they want, over any period of time, as long as nobody gets hurt and people don’t do anything stupid. The way this can happen is if people go to these responsible controlled environments and enjoy themselves. I believe getting drunk and starting a fight at some frat party is not the correct way to have fun while drinking. Drinking and college students will always be connected in some way. The way people conduct themselves is the only thing to be considered when looking at the comparison.

I agree with your point of view on the issue of college drinking getting out of control. The use of the term "pre-gaming" made me more interested in your article because it is a term I am familiar with, being a college student myself. I am also interested in the statistics you used saying ,"it was found that on average students had 1.7 drinks a day and 2.8 episodes of abusive drinking a month" because it shows how out of control things are and only leads me to believe that it can get worse. I think the college should have help available for situations of abusive drinking and the precautions that may follow excessive drinking instead of trying to make a college environment more controlled because that is a tough task because drinking in college is such a popular norm nowadays.

I completely agree with the information that your article gave you, and the information you have posted. I also experience the same things, since I live in a dorm, every weekend. It's sad to think that getting that drunk is seen as the dorm to the future of our nation. Most kids go to college to party more than they go to get an education. At this point in time I really don't think that there is much that anyone can do to stop it. Drinking has become a way of socializing and meeting new people for college kids, and it happens at almost every college. I believe that this problem is only going to get worse, and think that colleges should put more effort to controlling the amount that students drink, how they drink and where they drink. Pre-gameing is typically the cause of college students who end up getting hurt or hurting others during their so called "festivities".

I completely agree with the information that your article gave you, and the information you have posted. I also experience the same things, since I live in a dorm, every weekend. It's sad to think that getting that drunk is seen as the dorm to the future of our nation. Most kids go to college to party more than they go to get an education. At this point in time I really don't think that there is much that anyone can do to stop it. Drinking has become a way of socializing and meeting new people for college kids, and it happens at almost every college. I believe that this problem is only going to get worse, and think that colleges should put more effort to controlling the amount that students drink, how they drink and where they drink. Pre-gameing is typically the cause of college students who end up getting hurt or hurting others during their so called "festivities".

I completely agree with the information that your article gave you, and the information you have posted. I also experience the same things, since I live in a dorm, every weekend. It's sad to think that getting that drunk is seen as the dorm to the future of our nation. Most kids go to college to party more than they go to get an education. At this point in time I really don't think that there is much that anyone can do to stop it. Drinking has become a way of socializing and meeting new people for college kids, and it happens at almost every college. I believe that this problem is only going to get worse, and think that colleges should put more effort to controlling the amount that students drink, how they drink and where they drink. Pre-gameing is typically the cause of college students who end up getting hurt or hurting others during their so called "festivities".

I agree 100% with your post. Living on campus, I watch all of these things occur each weekend. College kids just love to go out, get wasted, come home and act crazy. Although most kids find this fun, others find it as a way to be accepted socially. Sometimes, kids think that drinking to the point of sickness is the easiest way to make friends. It's sad that some kids have to think this way considering there are a bunch of different ways to make friends that don't involve drinking to the point of throwing up. Although drinking is an ever-growing issue on college campuses, there is no real way of stopping it. I feel that if colleges were more proactive in trying to control how much people drink, this wouldn't be as big of an issue.

One of the things that really stood out to me about the article was that college students tend to drink heavier when they live in dorms. Upon reading it initially, I was almost shocked but then I immediately realized that it made absolute sense. The reason why this is true is because, now, students don’t have supervision. They are free to do whatever they want. This new found freedom plays a major factor in student behavior. Many college students don’t know how to balance their freedom properly. They are so new to making their own choices without thought about repercussions from parents. Unfortunately, all these aspects lead to students often not knowing what to do, or how to handle situations and thus lead them into trouble.