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To Drink or Not To Drink For Many College Students Binging is the Only Way Your eighteen years old and living away from your parents for the first time You can sign legal documents you are eligible for the draft you can make your own decisions but you still cant legally consume alcoholic beverages You are finally an adult but are you Under US law one must be over the age of 21 to buy or consume alcoholic beverages However on a college campus the focus is not on the consumption of alcohol but binge drinking Binge drinking or the consumption of five beers for men and four for women in a row is responsible for most underage drinking accidents Alcohol poisoning and drunk driving are two of the biggest problems facing underage college students The problem with binge drinking is that the body looses the ability to process alcohol at the speed in which consumed Unfortunately students are often un-aware of the effects rapid alcohol consumption can have on the body The inability to process thoughts and the bodys inability to reject alcohol in the form of vomiting make binge drinking dangerous for the drinker In the early 80s in an attempt to reduce drunk driving drinking between the ages of 18 and 21 was banned Due to the ages of people affected by this ban colleges felt the social change more than anywhere else The ban on underage drinking forced a college past time to go underground and into the shot glasses of students and for minors resulted in the social activity of binge drinking Underclassmen where no longer allowed to drink in public and were forced to drink behind closed doors with no possibility of being monitored by adults Out of concern for the nations underage drinkers in 1989 a survey was conducted by the American Medical Association to determine whether the governments new drinking laws were effective The
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