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Binge Drinking on Americas Campuses What do a DWI ticket frequent memory lapses falling behind in schoolwork and unplanned sexual activity have in common If you guessed that these are the most common results of binge drinking by college students you would be correct Thompson JJ 63 A recent survey revealed that almost half of college students engage in binge drinking and half of those who binge drink do so regularly McCormick John Kalb Claudia 89 It is not the half that drinks responsibly that needs addressing or programs targeting them it is the other half of students that engage in so-called binge drinking This paper aims to discuss both the scope of binge drinking on the campuses of Americas colleges and universities and techniques used to combat it Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks for a man at any one time within a two-week period four or more drinks for a woman Thompson JJ 63 Binge drinking is rampant on todays colleges and university campuses Schools affected are both large and small just as they are both urban and rural At the same time America has managed to keep the same percentage of its students from drinking entirely for the last five years binge drinking has been on the rise Thompson JJ 63 While 49 percent of college students binge only 28 percent of their non-college counterparts do McCormick John Kalb Claudia 89 clearly illustrating the divide that exists between students and non-students These figures are upsetting in that one would expect universities to be the breeding ground for new leaders and innovative thinkers in society while these figures make todays college campuses look like nothing more than National Lampoons Animal House- a drunken debauchery Consider these facts For women this study found that 80 of sorority house residents had binged during the last 2 weeks prior to this study compared with 58 of non-resident sorority women and 35
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