Campus Safety: Alcohol’s role on college campuses

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College drinking: a dangerous game of consequences

The statistics don’t lie: Abusive alcohol consumption by college students can be deadly.  According to the 2013 report released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,  1,825 college students ages 18-24 died from unintentional injuries caused by alcohol.  Other consequences college students face when abusively drinking include: unsafe sex, academic problems and assault.  The report suggests ways to educate students on alcohol use and consequences and ways a college campus can be involved in working to lessen college drinking.

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Higher football game attendance: just add alcohol? 

Big Ten schools have tossed around the idea of selling alcohol at football games to curb decreasing attendance, especially for students.  General safety is a big factor against permitting alcohol in stadiums.  Maryland is looking more closely at the option while Penn State is concerned about fans driving home.

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Wet campuses enhance academics at Big Ten schools

Wet campuses may not be as degrading to academics as many people think.  One University of Wisconsin student said wet campuses actually force students to focus on academics just as much as drinking.  And transportation on some wet campuses isn’t an issue with safe-driver programs.

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Alcohol a bad addition to college students’ still-developing brains

NPR reports: “We’ve created a situation in which there is an expectation that drinking — heavy drinking — is just part of the college experience,” Dr. Sharon Levy said.  Levy works at Boston Children’s Hospital as a pediatrician and director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program.

A human brain doesn’t completely develop until the mid-20s.  When college students with brains not quite developed add alcohol to the equation, the answer is bad news.  Students succumb to impulsive behavior while under the influence of alcohol.

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Alcohol-induced crimes numerous among college students

This website compiles statistics on the number of students affected by alcohol-induced crimes and activities.  Crimes such as sexual abuse and vandalism and activities such as unsafe sex are all noted.  Every year 1,825 college students between 18 and 24 years of age die from unintentional injuries caused by alcohol.

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Colleges can do more to curb student drinking

Colleges can be preventing underage and abusive drinking if they give more interventions to students struggling with either of those two issues.  Scientists from Brown University came to that conclusion after looking at more than 40 studies on interventions for college freshman on drinking.  An education program about alcohol doesn’t get the job done like a personalized intervention does.

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Alcohol policies at college campuses

Take a look at alcohol policies from colleges around the United States with this interactive map.  The site is published  by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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Lowering the drinking age won’t solve underage drinking issue

Colleges, universities and other people say they think a lower legal drinking age would decrease binge drinking and alcohol-related deaths.  And colleges could monitor drinking and teach them to drink responsibly.  But researchers have found that lowering the drinking age would be disastrous.  The United States doesn’t have the culture of casual drinking as in Europe, where the legal drinking ages are 18 or lower.  The U.S. values binge drinking, instead.

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The Truth About College Drinking


 – Links compiled by Sara Hinds

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