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College Binge Drinking Issues

Is the drinking on college campus as wide spread as reported? It is as dangerous as the media says it is? These articles explore the problems and solutions of today's college binge drinking culture.
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21st Birthday Drinking A Serious Health Hazard
A prevalent custom among college students to drink heavily on the day that they turn 21 years of age poses a serious health hazard, according to a study of 2,518 current and former college students.

College Drinking, Drug Use Grows More Extreme
Since 1993, the number of college students who drink and binge drink has remained about the same, but the intensity of excessive drinking and rates of drug abuse have jumped sharply, according to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Back to School, and Drunk Again
An entire new crop of freshmen will arrive on campus this fall, many away from home for the first time, and will join the free beer party.

Passed Out?
Do you know what to do if one of your friends becomes unconscious?

Is Your Drinking a Problem?
If you consume alcohol it is important to know if your drinking is safe, risky or harmful. This test can help you assess your risks and decide if you have a drinking problem.

College Binge Drinking Kills
The new college year was barely underway and we already had reports of more deaths directly attributed to binge drinking.

Who Are the Campus Problem Drinkers?
Some students go through their college experience without developing a drinking problem. Others, however, quickly become extreme binge drinkers.

Drinking Risky for College Women
Researchers found the odds of experiencing sexual aggression were nine times higher on heavy days and three times higher on nonheavy days of alcohol consumption compared with days of no alcohol consumption.

Drinking to Get Drunk at College
The death of a 20-year-old LSU fraternity pledge drew the nation's attention to the growing problem of drinking at colleges.

'Extreme Drinking' Dangerous for College Students
Although 40 percent of college freshmen say they binge drink -- five or more drinks on one occasion -- a new study has found than up to 20 percent of male students go far beyond the binge-drinking threshold, consuming more than 10 or 15 drinks per drinking session.

Safety Tips for College Drinkers
Researchers have found that college students who drink alcohol may get themselves into trouble not necessarily because of how much they drink, but more because of their risk-taking attitudes while they are drinking, which can be modified to reduce harmful consequencies.

Binge Drinking Affects Brain, Memory
Young people who binge drink could be risking serious damage to their brains now and increasing memory loss later in adulthood.

College Men Drink Even More Than Thought
Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks in a row, but male college students drink far more than that -- as many as 24 drinks in a row -- according to a new research study.

College Students Not Alone in Risky Drinking
Although college drinking has received most of the media attention, at-risk alcohol use is not unique to young people in college, and not necessarily highest among college-educated young adults, research shows.

Substance Abuse Higher in Fraternities and Sororities
A University of Michigan study that tracked high school seniors after they entered college found that members of fraternities and sororities engaged in significantly higher rates of alcohol and drug abuse than their college peers.

Parents Need to Discuss College Drinking Dangers
As the fall semester begins, parents can use this important time to help prepare their college-age sons and daughters by talking with them about the consequences of excessive drinking.

College Drinking Alert
Many students do not grasp an enormous health problem on our college campuses -- alcohol abuse.

Study Shows College Students Overestimate Drinking
A study of actual blood alcohol concentrations in college students showed that most students tend to overestimate the amount they drink, rather than underestimate their levels of drinking, which is good news for those conducting college drinking surveys.

Drinking Weekly Risky for College Students
College students who get drunk at least once a week are significantly more likely to be hurt or injured than other student drinkers, and are 75 percent more likely to be sexually victimized.

College Students Drink More Than They Think
College students tend to overestimate volumes, over-pour drinks, and under-report levels of consumption.

College Drinking More Harmful Than Estimates
The harm caused by alcohol consumption among college students may exceed previous estimates of the problem, according to a new look at the available data using new methodology.

College Students Underestimate Their Drinking
An examination of college students' ability to define standard drinks suggests that college students drink significantly more than they think they do.

Diverse Campuses Have Less Binge Drinking
Drinking rates among higher-risk drinkers on American college campuses -- those who are white, male and underage -- are significantly lower on college campuses with larger proportions of minority, female and older students.

Drug Penalty Blocks College Loans to 140,000
Data from the Department of Education reveal that more than 140,000 would-be college students have been found ineligible for federal loans and grants since a provision denying aid to drug offenders was added to the Higher Education Act (HEA) in 1998.

Energy Drinks Do Not Help Maintain Alcohol's Buzz
A study has found that an energy drink called Red Bull, when consumed jointly with alcohol, does not improve a person's physical performance.

Friends Influence College Students Drinking Most
College students' drinking behaviors are influenced more by their perceptions of their friends' drinking behaviors than by social norms marketing campaigns that encourage students to go along with the non-drinking majority.

Alcohol Disorders Among College Students
A new study shows that six percent of college students meet criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence (also referred to as alcoholism), and 31 percent meet the clinical criteria for alcohol abuse.

Gene Shown to Influence College Drinking Habits
Researchers have identified a genetic factor that may predispose young people to consume more alcohol per occasion, drink expressly to become drunk, and engage in binge drinking more than students without the gene variant.

Rape Linked to Heavy College Drinking
College women at schools with medium- and high-binge drinking rates had a significantly greater chance of being raped while intoxicated, according to the College Alcohol Study.

Shape of Beverage Glass Affects How Much People Drink
Drinkers will pour more into short wide glasses than into tall slender glasses, but perceive the opposite to be true, according to study of teens, adults and bartenders.

Study Identifies Heaviest College Drinkers
A researcher has discovered a way to identify those college drinkers who are most likely to be at risk for the very serious problems posed by peak drinking, including alcohol poisoning and accidental falls.

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