College students have alcoholic tendencies, students say

By Najah Dingle
November 19, 2014

College drinking can vary from a little buzz to not remembering what you did the day before.

There are students that consume alcohol everyday. So what is the difference between alcoholism and college drinking?

The definition of alcoholism is an addiction to the consumption of alcoholic liquor or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency. As an alcoholic you will end up doing life-threatening things to yourself and others. This includes destroying property, assault, sexual assault and putting your life in danger.

Many students do not find consuming too much alcohol a big deal because they are just trying to have fun. But there are many other reasons why students drink. It could be because of stress, the need to make a situation better, going out with a group of friends or just because in college that is considered the norm.

When is drinking too much? Is that even a thing?

Students can become addicted to drinking alcohol such as having to drink every Thursday and over the weekend. But not many see that, depending on their family history ,they could be at risk of developing alcoholism.If alcoholism is in your family then it is possible for you to become an alcoholic later in life if drinking is a regular thing for you.

You know someone went too far when violence starts to come into play, car accidents occur, sexual assault happens and property is damaged. Does this sound familiar? College students that drink often can have alcoholic tendencies. “There is not a difference between college drinking and alcoholic tendencies,” Susan Fitzgerald, the college nurse, said.

“College drinking is socially acceptable whereas alcoholism controls your life,” sophomore Sam Cimarelli, said. There is one thing that is starting to control most college students and that is stress. Stress will cause students to turn to stress relievers such as alcohol and even drugs.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism certain ethnic populations can have stronger reactions to alcohol and children of alcoholics are more likely to become alcoholics themselves. To lower your risk of alcoholism for women don’t go over three drinks in one day or seven drinks in one week. For men don’t go over four drinks in one day or fourteen drinks in one week.

“There have been cases where students came to me reaching out for help because of how much alcohol they consumed and for some students it got in the way of their school work,” Fitzgerald said. There are resources on campus that students can reach out to for help. The health center and counseling  office help students with situations such as alcoholism or even just being afraid that you might develop it.


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