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1: College drinking parties are present on almost every college campus around the world. Many students participate as a means of getting to know people, and also to fit in. The problem is that the habit of drinking can get excessive as well as the amount of alcohol consumed at the majority of these parties. It becomes almost a competition of who can drink the most or do the craziest things when their drunk. Many times sports teams handle hazing incoming freshman by making them drink until they puke.
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3: According to Macioni (2010) “Alcohol is the most widely used depressant in the United States” (pg. 215). Binge drinking is a huge problem on college campuses and seems to increase as the years go on. A government study shows that “44 percent of college students said they had engaged in binge drinking-which researchers defined as having at least five drinks in a row for men or four drinks for women-at least once in the past month”(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2008). Other studies were conducted showing that binge drinking leads to 1,700 student deaths and 500,000 injuries each year (Hingson et al., 2005). In this same study 474,000 students admitted to having unprotected sex which the study showed can lead to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (Hingson et al., 2005).
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5: According to another study alcohol is involved in about 32 percent of 40,000 motor vehicle deaths on U.S. roads each year (Karberg & James, 2005; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2008; U.S. Department of Justice, 2008). So one can gather that binge drinking is not only dangerous to the individual involved, but it is extremely dangerous to others around. As a college student I have noticed in the past five years that binge drinking is just the college life. Many students have just fell into the routine of it and don’t yet realize the severity.
7: The theoretical analysis approach that shows best why binge drinking is so rampant amongst college campuses is the Social Conflict Analysis. This perspective looks at the poor people more so than the rich people. More in detail they aren’t looking at this issue of drug use (binge drinking) from the big picture, which is that rich or poor college students can scrounge up the money to get a big cheap bottle of vodka and a 30 rack of beer. If you look even deeper most students are living off of their parents so money is always readily available to do their damage. Students who don’t have a lot of money tend to mooch off of these wealthier students and still end up drinking just as much. This view looks at the user’s financial situation and the cost of the drug being used, however kids on college campuses find a way to get drunk no matter what the cost. As long as alcohol is legalized for adults this social problem of binge drinking will never go away.
8: Parenting is what I believe plays a huge role in this social problem. Kids these days have it too easy and therefore parents get walked on. It starts at home and while these kids are still children. According to Macioni (2010) a conservative states that “young people who are raised by committed, involved parents and who are guided by religious beliefs and caring teachers are usually able to resist any temptation presentenced by drugs” (pg. 228). | What Needs To Be Done
9: . Weak parenting will raise weak teens which will equal folding under the peer pressures that college offers. If more and more parents set a good healthy example for their kids I believe there wouldn’t be as many deaths due to binge drinking on college campuses. I believe that there wouldn’t be as many sexually transmitted diseases floating around college nor would there be as many unwanted pregnancies. The big picture is with parents raising their kids properly. There is no perfect parent, but there is a healthy way of raising your kids. The bottom line is in order to lessen some of these problems it’s going to take some very careful parenting skills.