It’s no secret that a major aspect of college is the drinking and partying. Even though many universities will deny there is a problem among their students, drinking is on the rise at most schools. In fact, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc, (NCADD) 4 out of 5 college students drink alcohol.
While you have every right to be excited to embark on the next chapter of your life, you must understand that there are very serious consequences to underage drinking. It may come across to you that since everyone is doing it, underage drinking is okay. It also may feel like you’re in a protective bubble at college, however underage drinking is illegal, and you will get in trouble if caught.
A charge against you for public intoxication or drinking under the influence, could land you jail time with a permanent record, can get you potentially suspended from school and can even prevent you from graduating. If you over the age of 21 and provide minors with alcohol, and something extremely bad happens like a fatal car accident or overdose, you could spend the rest of your life in jail or be fined thousands of dollars. Hopefully these situations will never happen to you, but it’s important to understand the seriousness of this issue.
Another consequence of constantly drinking and partying is that it will eventually take a toll on your body and schoolwork. If you’re spending several nights a week binge drinking as most students do, your academics will most likely start to diminish. Alcohol impacts much of the mind including the ability to concentrate. It can also decrease your energy levels. Don’t be surprised if you start missing classes and failing major exams because you’re too tired from drinking.
For some students, drinking in college can lead them down a slippery slope to full blown addiction. What can begin as innocent drinking can easily turn into experimenting with more drugs and even prescription pill abuse. Amphetamine use is extremely popular among college students and has doubled in use between 2008 and 2013 according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Mixing alcohol and prescription pills is extremely dangerous and can sometimes cause accidental overdose or death.
If you think you could never become addicted to alcohol, it’s important for you to know that addiction does not discriminate. Unfortunately, it can wreak havoc on anyone’s life at any time. People who binge drink in their twenties have a higher chance of continuing the habit throughout their adulthood. Some schools will require students to get the appropriate help through an alcohol detox and rehab program, before continuing with the semester.
Many students experiment with alcohol in college, It’s not unusual, however drinking in moderation is always best practice.