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In Barrett Seaman’s piece “How Bingeing Became the New College Sport” he outlines the confusion of underage drinking. He hits on many serious issues such as “Pregaming”, underage drinking, and alcoholism. All of these are a result of binge drinking. Binge drinking results from a student's submission to peer pressure, the lack of outside control over the student, and the denial that drinking leads to severe consequences. In fact, Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks in a row for men and four or more drinks in a row for women during a two week period (Wechsler). Many students partake in binge drinking to be socially accepted into a group. Other students find it difficult to make the choice to be the sober outsider. Many binge drinkers realize that there is little immediate outside influence to push them away from the alcohol and they abuse their independence. Most binge drinkers do not consider themselves to be problem drinkers, which add to the difficulty in solving this college epidemic. They associate binge drinking with a good time, but many are blind to the harm it causes, such as failing grades and unplanned sexual encounters. Binge drinking has become an accepted part of the college experience for many students. Although there are other reasons a student may choose to binge drink, the influence of friends, the lack of outside control and the denial of drinking-related problems are the main forces driving the need to consume alcohol to the point of physical harm. The desire to be social enhances the willingness to binge drink. Social drinking has
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENC 1102 taught by Professor Lohmeyer during the Fall '07 term at Tallahassee Community College.

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