For many, there is a close relationship between spring break and binge drinking. Not only are there immediate risks inherent in binge-level alcohol consumption (not to mention any alcohol consumption for minors), but there are associated risks such as assault and addiction to consider.
According to an article in the Badger Herald:
So why do college students continue to drink? Well, the first major culprit is likely peer pressure. Especially at a large school like the University of Wisconsin, there are parties every weekend and the majority of students equate a fun time with alcohol consumption, sometimes with the accompaniment of drugs. For students who choose not to drink or do drugs, it can often be hard to find others who choose the same lifestyle and it can be even more difficult to find things to do on the weekends besides party.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “research shows that students who choose not to drink often do so because their parents discussed alcohol use and its adverse consequences with them.”
In a college setting and during spring break, the absence of parents is likely one of the main causes of binge drinking, since students do not have their parents constantly concerned with where they are or what they’re doing, and students often feel the need to rebel and prove they can “be an adult.”
There is not one right way to solve this problem, but it seems most universities resort to the same solution. UW instituted AlcoholEdu, an online course that educates students on the consequences of drinking, as a requirement for all first-year and transfer students. While this is a good start, it’s arguably what other universities have been doing for years and could use more of a shock factor when discussing the effects of binge drinking.
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