FC: Binge Drinking | 1
1: According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s website, binge drinking is defined as a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol level to .08% or more. This pattern of drinking usually corresponds to 5 or more drinks on a single occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on a single occasion for women, generally within about 2 hours. | 2 | Here a man carries 3 drinks to consume at 1 time
2: This pattern of drinking has been present on college campuses from the start and continues to be a major problem college students face today. This excessive drinking is used in a variety of social situations from parties, to hazing, and even after sporting events. To better understand the effects of binge drinking today I’ll talk about some of the factors that influence the binge drinking behavior, and some of the mild and serious consequences binge drinking can lead to. | Pictured to the right is the world famous Octoberfest where binge drinking isn't only prevalent, its a tradition
4: To the right a garbage man picks up trash, a necessary job to keep society functioning | Many people ask how binge drinking has become such a staple in collegiate life and by looking at the functionalist and conflict perspective we can gain a better understanding of some of the underlying factors. Functionalist believe that society runs like the human body and that every thing serves a specific purpose. In the case of binge drinking, it would help weed out those who didn’t have the sense to balance alcohol use with the responsibilities required by attending college, and in turn would cause them to drop out and fill in other jobs society requires to get done.
6: 5 | 6 | 7 | Various adds promote alcohol use through sex & health benefits
7: The conflict perspective in regard to binge drinking would focus on the power of large alcohol companies and their influence through popular sports and other stars to market the cool factor of alcohol to young adults. Thus making them spend their time and money on alcohol instead of studying to better themselves and progress in society. Basically the upper class uses the lure or alcohol to keep those people in the lower class for becoming more educated and moving up to higher classes.
8: While I do believe both theoretical perspectives do take the purpose and effects of binge drinking to the extreme 2 out of every 5 college student of all ages takes part in binge drinking during their college career and I do believe that can have some very adverse effects. Besides the obvious missing a class or a test due to hangovers, binge drinking has also been proved to lead to riskier behavior including the chance of having unprotected sex. According to US news.com an estimated 1700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die of alcohol related unintentional injuries. US new.com also goes further to say that 696,000 students in the same age group are assaulted by other students in alcohol related instances, and more than 400,000 students engage in unprotected sex after drinking. With all of those staggering consequences already listed a total of 25% of college students report academic consequences based on alcohol consumption. | To the right a young man nurses a hangover caused by excessive drinking
10: I don’t believe there is an easy fix that will suddenly end binge drinking. I believe that education is the key that will inform today’s college student’s of the risks and consequences involved in binge drinking. I really believe the stigma we have around alcohol in the United States really effects our younger members of society. If we had a more open policy with alcohol use similar to those found in Europe I believe the prestige of binge drinking wouldn’t be there once it was legal for younger adults to partake in alcoholic beverages. As long as we educate and regulate use of these alcoholic beverages society would be able to fully function in a much safer manner.
11: By Ryan Jacob for Social Problems | 9
12: 1.Binge Drinking; Aug 10,2008; Pascal Deloche; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/42-21572272/binge-drinking?popup=1 2. United Kingdom- Binge Drinking; Dec 30, 2008; Jocelyn Bain Hogg/VII; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/42-26761323/united-kingdom-binge-drinking-?popup=1 3.To accompany story GERMANY-ALCOHOL/; June 12, 2007; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/42-18495411/to-accompany-story-germanyalcohol?popup=1 4.Black man operating garbage truck; Don Mason; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/royalty-free/42-26112122/black-man-operating-garbage-truck?popup=1 5.Guinness Poster; Circa 1995; Kevin Schafer; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/AF002743/guinness-poster?popup=1 | Picture References
13: 6.Call for Valley Brew Pale Poster; Circa 1950; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/AAED002160/call-for-valley-brew-pale-poster?popup=1 7.The Whole Family Beer Advertisement; Circa 1941; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/LW001373/the-whole-family-beer-advertisement?popup=1 8.Young Man With Hangover; Bill Varie; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/AXR001358/young-man-with-hangover?popup=1 9.Ryan and Amanda at the Skirvin; Ryan Jacob; http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=476297655756835&set=t.751790186&type=3&theater