Alcohol use among college students

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College drinking is the consumption of alcohol by students on the campus of any college or university. The age at which it is legal to drink varies by country and affects whether college drinking is considered illegal (e.g. United States where it is illegal for those under the age of 21 to drink).


Binge drinking[edit]

Main article: Binge drinking
members of a German student corps drinking, Duchy of Brunswick, 1837

Binge drinking occurs when students drink large amounts of alcohol in a relatively short space of time in order to feel the full effects of alcohol consumption.

Health hazards[edit]

There are many health hazards that are caused from drinking. When students drink too much, the alcohol affects one's brain and ability to comprehend what is going on. One such problem is alcohol poisoning. After drinking too much, the alcohol and toxins in alcoholic drinks cause complications in one's brain and respiratory system. This causes mental and physical issues in one's body and could be very dangerous for one's health. Other hazardous health issues could arise from a drug called Rohypnol, nicknamed roofies. This is a toxic drug that could potentially be slipped into one’s drink which cause one to lose sight of what one thinks and does. This will also cause complications within one's body.

Potential Legal Consequences[edit]

Drinking is an integral part of many students college experience, however in certain countries it can have legal consequences. At certain U.S colleges, campus police will do bar raids by taking a certain number of people from the bar to catch underage students drinking. Like at the University of Illinois, police will give tickets for underage students for just being an arms length distance from an alcoholic beverage. At other big universities, such as University of Wisconsin-Madison, students have to pay a ticket of about $250 and also pay for classes about the problems of drinking. Another major consequence is on your chances for college admission. If you have pictures on Facebook of you drinking or have a record with the police of underage drinking, this will cause a bad image of you and will cause issues when applying to schools.

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