S: Binge Drinking
FC: class of | ???? | http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2010/07/binge_drinking.php
1: http://www.mediabum.com/pictures/Drunk-Pranks.html | Picture this: You wake up Saturday afternoon, and you're on the floor. You look around and alcohol bottles litter the space around you. There are a few people passed out in random places around you, and you have no idea that there is permanent marker all over your face. This is the life of a typical college student. Binge drinking plaques college campuses all over the United States. Why does this happen? Why are college students spending their nights and weekends drinking until they can hardly remember what went on the night before? Is this really even a problem?
3: "A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same." ~Elbert Hubbard | The first question I want to answer is, “Is binge drinking really a problem?” I would say yes! Binge drinking is a huge problem on college campuses. College students tend to get really out of control with their drinking habits. It causes students a lot of problems. It often interrupts their study habits. I know a lot of people who have dropped out of college because of their partying habits. It makes it too hard to focus as show up for class. Their main priority is no loner getting their education; their main priority is now partying and gaining a social life. It also gets them into a lot of trouble with the law. They can get charged with a DUIs, MIPs, public intox, ect. These problems can permanently change the course of their lives. It also causes many college students to make decisions that they would not sober or mildly intoxicated on a regular basis. A lot of women are raped while they are drunk and never even realize what really happened. A lot of men do not intentionally rape women while they are intoxicated, but can be charged with rape. They also are more likely to participate illegal activities while intoxicated. This is a huge problem, considering that most college students are trying to brighten their future, but the darkness that covers their opportunities with binge drinking is significant.
5: So why do college students drink? One explanation could simply be, boredom. They have nothing else to do, and so they drink. It is a reason to get together and be social beings. It is also a way for people to be able to feel like they belong. They see their peers drinking and getting drunk, and they think that it is okay to act like a fool because everyone else is. It also raises their confidence level. I have literally heard people say that they are more themselves and fun when they are drunk. This is a total fallacy and a symptom of a complete lack of self-confidence. There is no foundation of healthy self-esteem in most of these girls and boys getting drunk. Another reason that college students get drunk is to self medicate for their problems. A lot of them enter into college with baggage and in order to hide their feelings and problems from their friends. It is a way for them to cope with the harsh realities of life on their own, which is often times hard and surprising. This is why so many college students graduate or drop out as alcoholics.
7: "You can take the sisters out of the Sorority, but you can't take the Sisterhood out of the Sisters." | Another reason that college students tend to idolize binge drinking is because they idolize others with those same values. One example of a popular reality show that college students model their lives after is Jersey Shore. Their most popular character is a girl name is Snooki. As you can see by the photo to the left, she drinks quite a bit. This show is mainly characterized by the amount of drinking that each of the people on the show do. Almost every single night they are out at clubs drinking and then they come back home and drink.
9: I think that the Conflict Theory can explain a lot of why college students drink as well. There is a sense of taking control over their own lives after being oppressed by adults. They feel as if they have been controlled for so long, and now that they are in control over their own lives. They will make their own decisions. They are fighting against the man and against any power and authority in their lives.