Tuesday, February 17, 2009

College Drinking

Some statistics that might bring to light some of the more disturbing problems of drinking in Colleges and Universities in the U.S.
*""If you are a traditional college student and you drink, the odds are seven in ten that you are a binge drinker." Binge drinkers are defined as men who had five or more—or women who had four or more—drinks in a row at least once in the two weeks before the students completed the survey questionnaire. Frequent binge drinkers have consumed these amounts at least three times in the previous two weeks."

*"Half of those who live off-campus without their parents (50 percent) and those who live in non-restricted dorms (51 percent) binge drink. Almost three in four students (75 percent) living in a fraternity or sorority house binge drink."

*"Few changes in student binge drinking occurred between 1993 and 2001 (Wechsler et al., 2002b). Although the rate of binge drinking has remained at 44%, the most notable change during this time period has been the polarization of drinking behavior, with simultaneous increases in the number of abstainers and in the number of students who engage in frequent binge drinking (Wechsler et al., 1998, 2000b, 2002b). The drinking style of many college students is one of excess and intoxication. Among drinkers, almost half (48%) report that drinking to get drunk is an important reason for drinking, 1 in 4 (23%) drink alcohol 10 or more times in a month, and 3 in 10 (29%) report being intoxicated three or more times in a month (Wechsler et al., 2002b). Binge drinkers consumed 91% of all the alcohol that students reported drinking, and 68% of alcohol was consumed by frequent binge drinkers (Wechsler et al., 1999)." - (source-pdf)

*"The CAS findings have shown that alcohol consumption at binge levels and beyond has a significant impact on college students’ academic performance, social relationships, risk taking behaviors, and health. This form of drinking is associated with missing class, falling behind in schoolwork, and lower grade point average, a relationship mediated by fewer hours spent studying (Powell et al., 2004; Wechsler et al., 2002b). Binge drinking is associated with risky sexual behavior, including engaging in unplanned sexual activity and failure to use protection during sex (Wechsler et al., 2000b). It is also tied to antisocial behavior, including vandalism and getting into trouble with the police when drinking (Wechsler et al., 2002b). Overall, half of frequent binge drinkers, those who drink at the five/four level or beyond three or more times in a 2-week period report experiencing five or more different alcohol-related problems (Wechsler et al., 2000b)." - (source-pdf)

*Grades and drinking -
-“A” students average 3.1 per week
-“B” students average 4.4 drinks per week

-“C” students averages 5.6 drinks per week

-“D” and “F” students average 9.5 drinks per week
Then there is the morality of drinking too much, which I have already addressed.

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