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September 15th, 2009 by klg008

Kacie Gould

Comm 208

Paper #1


“Wasted Youth”

College students all over the country, past and present, have had one thing in common: the need for alcohol. The drinking problem is nothing new but the concern is growing.

Many students feel overwhelmed when getting to college, the stress of classes, possibly a job, if they are involved in a sport, they have to figure out how to balance all of their time. Naturally, when the weekend arrives they need to relieve some of that stress and according to an anonymous student stated in the article, “The Student Perspective on College Drinking,” there are many groups on campus like fraternities, sororities, and athletic groups that have big parties on weekends where alcohol is the main attraction.

Administrators and school boards, in some cases, shy away from the issue. Drinking in college is a “right of passage” and students are going to do it so action should only be taken when necessary. “Under any circumstances acceptance by administrators, trustees, professors and parents of this college culture of alcohol and other drug abuse is inexcusable,” said Joseph Califano in the article, College Drinking, Drug Use grows more Extreme.

Administrators, parents, and most of all the students are taking into consideration the facts that are being presented. For example these alcohol related consequences for college students between the ages of 18-24:

*1,700 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.

*599,000 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.

*More than 97,000 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

*400,000 have unprotected sex and more than 100,000 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex.

*More than 150,000 develop an alcohol-related health problem.

The author of ‘College Drinking: Reframing a Social Problem,’ George W. Dowdall says, “Colleges sometimes pigeonhole the dangerous use of alcohol as purely a student affairs issue or a problem for a small number of individual students. They simply don’t frame it as a major college-wide problem.” “When alcohol-related problems happen, colleges don’t really want to take the problem head on. They want to get it out of the media as soon as possible rather than using it as a way to teach students about the dangers of alcohol.

College students should realize the danger they put themselves in every time they drink excessively. They shouldn’t think they are invincible and it can’t happen to me, because it can and it will. Parents also need to be involved with their children’s lives in a positive way. For example: one in four students said that their parents have supplied them with alcohol. According the article, “What Parents need to know about College Drinking,” parents continue to be a primary influence in their son or daughter’s life. These facts make parents look at what they can be doing to curb this “tradition.”

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