College Drinking

Alcohol misuse on college campuses is not a new problem. It is entrenched in the culture of many institutions of higher learning and in students’ social lives. U.S. youth and college administrators alike cite alcohol as the most pervasively misused substance on campus. Recent news stories publicizing alcohol-related deaths on college campuses have drawn attention to this public health problem. Alcohol misuse among college students is taking its toll not only on the students who drink alcohol to excess, but also on other students affected by the behavior of their drinking peers, college administrators, health care personnel who counsel student drinkers, the community, and the institution’s ...

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to this definition. It should be noted, however, that colleges vary widely in their binge drinking rates—from 1 percent to more than 70 percent—and a study on one campus may not apply to others (Wechsler et al., 1994, 1998, 2000b).

The U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) have identified binge drinking among college students as a major public health problem. In Healthy People 2010, which sets U.S. public health goals through the year 2010, the Federal government has singled out binge drinking among college students for a specific, targeted reduction (i.e., from 39 to 20 percent) by the year 2010. Healthy People 2010 notes that: “Binge drinking is a national problem, especially among males and young adults.” The report also observes that: “The perception that alcohol use is socially acceptable correlates with the fact that more than 80 percent of American youth consume alcohol before their 21st birthday, whereas the lack of ...

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Added: 3/3/2011 08:27:35 PM
Submitted By: johntell
Category: Drugs & Alcohol
Type: Premium Paper
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