Alcohol is a colorless volatile flammable liquid, C2H5OH, synthesized or obtained by
fermentation of sugars and starches and widely used, either pure or denatured, as a solvent and in drugs,
cleaning solutions, explosives, and intoxicating beverages (Dictionary.com).
The focus of my research will
be on the ‘intoxicating beverage’ alcohol and its effect on college students.
Alcoholism is a chronic disorder characterized by dependence on alcohol, repeated, excessive use
of alcoholic beverages, and the development of withdrawal symptoms upon the reduction or ceasing intake
It is a very serious problem facing our society.
It is important to realize what causes
alcohol to affect a way of life.
Today's epidemic of addiction to alcohol is becoming the "norm" of our
society and culture (Elliot).
Many students see heavy drinking as a normal behavior because their peers are also drinking
When away from home for the first time, as in college, the lack of outside control from parents or
another form of parental authority and students’ newfound independence also plays a role in a developing
The combination of these issues have motivated college faculty and staff to take a serious
look at the consumption of alcohol on their campuses and to consider alternative ways to slow drinking.
According to Perkins et al., "colleges and universities have developed and implemented a wide array of
prevention programs, including forms of alcohol education, counseling services, alternative alcohol-free
activities, policy restrictions.”
Along with these programs are suggested campus bans on alcohol, raising
the price of alcohol on campus (Wechsler et al.), and also limiting the number of stores selling alcohol on
All of these steps are in effect or are at least in discussion on college campuses nationwide in an
attempt to slow the rate at which college students are obtaining and consuming alcohol.
To better understand the meaning of binge drinking and what this behavior entails, the
definition of binge drinking is; the act of having five or more drinks in a row at one sitting for men, and
four or more drinks in a row at one sitting for women (Kapner).
“A drink is defined as either a 12-oz.
bottle or can of beer, a 4-oz. glass of wine, a 12-oz. bottle or can of wine cooler, or a shot of distilled spirits