Alcohol and college are closely associated with each other in the minds of students and graduates with plenty of nights they don’t really remember. Many people say, “Its college, have fun!” Very rarely are people judged by their habits in college as it is written off as the time to be crazy and irresponsible. The photos and stories that emerge from wild drinking nights are told over and over as people reminisce about the ‘good times.’
Unfortunately, in college, binge drinking is not given a title; it’s just called a weekend. Therefore, as college students drink overwhelming amounts of alcohol and test their limits, they rarely see it as a problem. Alcoholism in college goes virtually untreated because these tendencies are accepted as normal.
But what is the college culture doing to contribute to adult alcoholism? As college students spend four to five years in school drinking heavily on Thursday nights and on weekends, it becomes apart of their routine. As they graduate college and move into the working world they can’t shake these tendencies. The bad habits are ingrained into their routines and their brains crave the alcohol.
The difference is when you are an adult; this type of alcohol addiction is seen as a problem. It is given a name, alcoholism, and it is not widely accepted. This causes people to hide their addiction, which worsens the problem. They begin separating from their friends and family and secluding themselves. Not to mention, the damaging physical affects of their addiction builds and puts a dangerous toll on their bodies.
You can imagine how this can escalate. I hate to be the one to put a damper on the fun perception of college life, but it is extremely dangerous. Many universities are cracking down on underage alcohol consumption, increasing campus police and encouraging them to find the parties and the underage students in attendance. They are also increasing educational resources for students about addiction and requiring seminars about the dangers of over consumption.
What do you think can be done to change the habits of college students?