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College Drinking in the United States Anne Kim HLTH208: Alcohol and Alcoholism November 23 rd , 2009 Anne Kim Health 208 Final Paper December 2 nd , 2009 College Drinking in the United States Apart from reported deaths from alcohol overuse, little attention is given to college drinking. Indeed, each year 599,000 college students are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol, and of these 1,700 college students die from these injuries ( Hingson et al., 2005 ). But the problem of college drinking is more widespread than it is known to be. Although deaths are tragic, alcohol produces numerous consequences that the students have to deal with everyday. Alcohol was involved in more than 696,000 assaults and 97,000 sexual assaults or date rape cases on college campuses ( Hingson et al., 2005 ). Many victims of the assaults are facing secondhand consequences of excessive alcohol consumption. About 25 percent of students also suffer academically due to their drinking, and they report missing classes, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, or receiving lower grades overall ( Wechsler et al., 2002 ). Another frightening fact is
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that 2.1 million students between the ages of 18 and 24 drive under the influence of alcohol last year, and of these an estimated 110,000 students were caught and arrested for driving under influence ( Hingson et al., 2002 ). All of the above are unintended and unforeseen consequences of alcohol consumption for students. Nonetheless, most students are unaware or ignorant of the heavy costs . The impact of alcohol is more destructive and pervasive than realized, and many colleges are responding to this by mandating alcohol education to the entering freshmen class. But, a one-time class is insufficient when students deal with stresses that come from alcohol daily throughout their college years. Based on the research on drinking motivations and environmental factors in college, more active prevention and intervention efforts should be installed to colleges to support their students. First, it must be recognized that college drinking is separate from drinking in the real world. Typically college students drink for social reasons in social contexts. Especially the students drink more when they are surrounded by active Greek
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