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What Causes Binge Drinking

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What Causes Binge Drinking

Binge Drinking is an intriguing phenomenon that many college students take part in all across the country. The issue of binge drinking has been a problem on college campuses for decades. Binge drinking has many horrible effects, but the problem starts with the causes for it. If the causes could be controlled then the issue would not get out of hand. Many college students give different causes for their drinking problems, and experts on the subject have their explanations as well. The problem is, while growing through adolescence anything can become an excuse for drinking, such as ÐŽ§its Thursday the day before Friday, we need to drinkЎЁ or, ÐŽ§itÐŽ¦s the last Wednesday of the semester, lets get some beer.ЎЁ

Binge drinking has different definitions but many would agree that ÐŽ§Binge drinking has been defined as drinking more than 4-5 drinks in a row in one sitting. A drink is defined as a 12 ounce can or bottle of beer, a wine cooler, a four ounce glass of wine, or a shot of liquorЎЁ (Rhodes 1). Others believe that men who consume 5-6 drinks and women who consume 4-5 drinks are also considered Binge Drinkers. Personally I do not think that sex matters, if someone is consuming multiple drinks to become highly intoxicated they should be considered a Binge Drinker.

One article that covers the results of a national survey states that ÐŽ§AdolescentsÐŽ¦ levels of alcohol and drug use have been found to be strongly associated with peersÐŽ¦ use. However, other studies have shown that a studentÐŽ¦s drinking was more strongly influenced by how much he or she thought close friends drank than by perceptions of the extent of use by students in generalЎЁ(Results 2). This is a statement that I can agree with because growing up I have watched many young people become greatly influenced by their friends. Now a days the phrase ÐŽ§peer pressureЎЁ concentrates on pressure from a direct group of friends rather than a students peers as a whole. Another reason the article gives for the cause of Binge Drinking is that ÐŽ§Students who perceive that more drinking occurs than actually does provide themselves with an excuse for drinking more because ЎҐeveryone is doing itÐŽ¦ÐŽÐ (Results 2). Everyone knows that most youngsters want what every other kid has, this idea relates in the same way. If everyone is doing it, then not only does it give the child an excuse to do it, but it also makes the child want to do it more.

Many professionals believe that binge drinking is directly related to the environment that the child is in. One article states that ÐŽ§Binge drinking, or the partying lifestyle of young people, may be related to an environment that appears to support heavy drinkingÐŽK Another factor that may add to the college setting as a high-risk environment for binge drinking is that youths on college campuses are targets of heavy marketing of alcoholic beverages. Beer companies are especially active in promoting to college studentsЎЁ (Prevention 1). Environment is definitely a big contributor to the cause of binge drinking because once a child is living away from home it is a great deal easier to drink without the worry of parents.

Another study was done on binge drinking by a man named Robert Ackerman. Ackerman believes that ÐŽ§Students enter college with the idea that once they get there, drinking is what they are supposed to doЎЁ(Message 2). This idea that students get is probably because besides schoolwork the other main thing related to college life is partying. One of AckermanÐŽ¦s other ideas is very interesting, he believes that binge drinking ÐŽ§is a reflection of American drinking practices in general. For decades Americans drank heavily on the weekend and then went to workЎЁ(Message 2). Although it is true that Americans tend to be heavy drinkers sometimes,



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