Alcohol Awareness Month, the yearly campaign ran by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), continues in an effort to stem alcohol addiction before it begins. At Turning Point, the trusted name in New Jersey alcohol treatment centers, we believe in the power of spreading knowledge and proudly honor Alcohol Awareness Month. In our last entry, we discussed the campaign in general and the habits of alcoholics. Today, we take a closer look at youth drinking, social drinking in college, and the many dangers caused by these habits.
Binge Drinking Behaviors in the Young & Restless
College years are formative years for most people. Not only do college and university studies open people to new ideas, but simply attending a higher education institution exposes students to new people, cultures, and personalities. When everything is said and done, people leave college often with a new take on life and a noticeably changed persona.
The problem with college forming behaviors and personalities, though, is that college events are almost always accompanied by alcoholic beverages and peer pressure to consume more than is safe. Young people on the verge of the rest of their lives instinctively want to let loose wherever they can, so the invitation to binge drink is tempting. If students regularly party and binge drinking throughout college, the habit is likely to become part of their newly formed persona and stay with them for the rest of their lives. In other words, they become alcoholics who harm their bodies, emotions, and relationships as alcohol abuse becomes a regular occurrence later in life.
Statistics Regarding Youth & College Drinking
Looking at National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) data reveals troubling information about youth and college drinking habits:
- Nearly half of all college and university students binge drink regularly.
- Approximately 1,800 college students die each year after binge drinking, either due to alcohol poisoning or an accident caused by intoxication.
- Nearly 600,000 college students each year will seek or require medical attention due to an injury suffered while intoxicated.
- About 700,000 assault, battery, domestic violence, and other violent confrontations between or caused by intoxicated college students will occur each year.
- 100,000 estimated sexual assaults and rapes occur on college campuses following binge drinking events each year.
Taking Control & Stopping College Binge Drinking
What can you do to help bring an end to dangerous binge drinking habits in college? You can start by spreading the word of Alcohol Awareness Month. Feel free to share this blog entry with fellow students, friends, and professors at your college or university. You can also think about hosting your own parties for holidays and campus events. As the host, you get to decide what alcohol is served, if any, and how much each person is allowed to imbibe. Responsible behaviors start within but spread without.
If you or someone you care about struggles with alcohol addiction, we also encourage you to contact our caring, friendly, and professional team at Turning Point. You will find we show every guest the utmost respect and compassion, letting you know upfront that there is no shame in admitting you need help. Through our alcohol treatment program, we can show you a path to recovery that makes sense and reduces stress, allowing you to reach and maintain sobriety with confidence.