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An Alternative Method to the College Drinking Problem There seems to be a disturbing trend across college campuses The troublesome problems associated with binge drinking cannot be denied nor can this display of disquieting behavior be ignored The answers to this problem may be quite simple Alcohol is not the problem itself societys attitudes values and morals are at the heart of the binge-drinking problem By using alternative methods of education and opening the lines of communication between students and their parents and educators society can curb the binge-drinking problem among our college youth Harvard Universitys recent School of Public Health College Alcohol Study found that binge drinking is prevalent on most college campuses Nelson Wechsler and Weitzman 1 The study defines binge drinking as five or more drinks in a row for men and four for women at least once in a two-week period Not surprisingly the study also finds that these students tend to have a higher rate of educational and social problems than their non-binge-drinking peers Not only does this problem disrupt studies but reports of vandalism fighting and rape are often associated with binge drinking Most college students can repeat stories of fraternity parties where beer bongs are the norm Excessive drunkenness is often a way of life -- even encouraged Excessive drinking remains one of the ultimate acts of rebellion against the establishment school and parents This binge-drinking problem which can be traced to college campuses from generation to generation is not only the students responsibility but societys as well Although students have a responsibility to themselves their family and their studies the problems associated with alcohol consumption begin long before a student reaches college the solution begins with parents and educators In the US society governs the uses and functions of alcohol and accepted rules and regulations decide who can drink how much a person can drink and how one should behave while consuming alcohol Snyder 9
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