What Is The Problem?
Some opponents of alcohol consumption target the problem of binge drinking on college campuses. While there is no consensus on what “binge drinking” is, we know that college students do a lot of it. Binge drinking is the current target of temperance proponents. It is blamed for everything from sexual assaults to deaths from consumption. When a person consumes heavily, with the intention of achieving intoxication above .08% BAC, they are “binge drinking” according to critics. 74.4 percent of the time they are doing it with beer. (Nami, et.al. 2004). Wine bingers are rare. Only 10.9 percent of drinkers labeled as “binge drinkers” get drunk on wine. (Nami, et.al. 2004).
As you would expect, college binge drinkers are more likely than their non-drinking counterparts to experience one or more alcohol-related problems. One study looked at binge drinking with a ten-year follow-up and found the bing drinkers were at a higher risk of becoming dependent on alcohol later in life. (Jennison, 2004). They were also more likely to depart early from college. (Id.). With these risk factors and the long term effect, you should seriously consider if getting black-out drunk is, in fact, a fun thing to do.
How Can You Get Help?
I represent college students and high schoolers headed to college. In 2008, I taught in the Honors Department at Wright State University. My political science class focused on the devastating effects that an alcohol-related conviction could have on their college career. It can be devastating to learn that an alcohol-related conviction can impact housing, scholarships and participation in college sports. Worse yet, some of my clients have rushed to court to plead guilty without knowing the impact of their decision. College students often face the full impact of alcohol addiction issues for the first time in college. The impact can be devastating. Based on my experience, we can offer you the resources needed to address any issues. If you face an alcohol related offense such as drunk driving (OVI) or underage consumption, please contact me at (937) 318-1384. We offer free consultations.