Binge Drinking Among College Students

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Binge drinking is one of the most problematic behaviors among college students. Research conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, Saint Joseph’s University and the University of Arizona attributed the increase in rape cases to heavy drinking college environments (College Alcohol Study par. 1). Furthermore, the study found that college women with medium and high-binge drinking rates stood high chances of getting sexual assaulted while intoxicated. Overconsumption of alcohol on university campuses leads to an increase in sexual assaults and implementing mandatory alcohol workshops will reduce the number of cases by exposing incoming freshman to the dangers of alcohol in conjunction with sexual assaults.
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While it is difficult to ascertain whether alcohol may directly lead to sexual assault, it can be speculated that the perpetrators of sexual assault are involved in drinking before committing the crime as a way of justifying their behaviors. Herman contends that men who take alcohol in large amounts at parties and bars are likely to show aggressive or unwanted behaviors towards women (par. 4). Also, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism associates the aggressiveness and victimization to excessive alcohol consumption (par. 1). Herman terms alcohol as the most common “date rape” drug since most of the perpetrators and victims use the same reasoning that they were “too …show more content…

1). There are many options in which the college and university administrations may reduce sexual assaults in the campuses include enlightening the students about what consenting about sex means. The association of alcohol with diseases such as liver cirrhosis and cancer has also been proven as an effective strategy in getting the students to reconsider their drinking habits (Sifferlin par. 2). Although this could be a misrepresentation of the harmful effects of alcohol, but it could also mean that the addicts may be willing to engage in activities to reduce their exposure to alcohol.
Binge drinking may lead to injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies and brain damage. Thus, there is a need to come up with workshops which deal with these cases. Evidently, the victims would find it as an opportunity to refrain from excessive consumption of alcohol. These workshops may also attract potential perpetrators and victims of sexual assault to ensure that they are taught on how to protect or prevent themselves from sexual

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