COLLEGE STUDENTS & ALCOHOL DRINKING
Whether its to celebrate a college sports team victory, the end of a big test or exam season, or simply because its Friday or Saturday night, college students like to have a good time to party.
One very important key is that students should exercise caution and safety when partying (on-campus or off-campus) involves the consumption of alcohol.
According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, drinking at college has become a ritual that students
often see as an integral part of their higher education
experience. Many students come to college with established drinking habits, and the college environment can exacerbate the problem.
According to a national survey:
- Almost 60% of college students ages 18–22 drank alcohol in
the past month; and
- Almost 2 out of 3 of them engaged in binge drinking during that
WHAT IS BINGE DRINKING?
Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/dL. This typically occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men, in about 2 hours.
Binge drinking can create serious health and safety risks, including car crashes, drunk-driving arrests, sexual assaults, and injuries. In addition, frequent binge drinking, over a long period of time, can damage the liver and other organs.