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Teen Alcoholism Too many college students have just one objective to get drunk Campus alcoholism is an epidemic sweeping through colleges and universities at a rapidly growing speed Even though it is illegal for a minor under the age of 21 to purchase or consume alcohol that law has never stopped those who wished to drink What used to be a social activity has radically changed to an unsafe pass time that eating away at students money school and health A Harvard study showed that in 1993 only 38 of students who drank drank to become drunk That number jumped to 52 who drink to become drunk when polled in 1997 Yet alcohol is addictive for only a minority - an estimated 10 percent in the United States - of it users For most drinkers alcohol is a relatively harmless social beverage Even though the percent is small too many students are spending weekends and weeknights drinking the nights away Time is not the only commodity that kids are wasting on alcohol Research shows that college students spend 55 billion dollars a year on beer and alcohol That is over four billion cans a year and 430 million gallons annually All that alcohol is enough for every college and university in the US to feel an Olympic size swimming pool Alcohol is an infinitely confusing substance In small amounts it is an exhilarating stimulant In larger amounts it acts as a sedative and as a toxic or poisonous agent When taken in very large amounts over long periods of time this combination chemical and drug can be damaging to cells tissues and organs To further the confusion alcohol is the only drug which can also be classified as a food Rich in calories and a potent source of energy for the body alcohol is used by the cells to perform their complicated functions Unlike most foods however alcohol contains
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