May 28, 2008

Why do college students abuse alcohol?

The answers are probably many, but the simplest answer is this: Because they can.

DrAbusing Alcohol is Easy. When there are so few immediate consequences for excessive drinking, when repeat offenders are not disciplined, when parents are not notified about their children’s drinking activities.

When students get mixed messages from the college administration about alcohol, when students have seen their parents drinking alcohol in an irresponsible manner, when students are not informed about the long-tern negative consequences of alcohol abuse.

There are few alcohol-free social and recreational activities that are attractive to students, minors or intoxicated students are served alcoholic beverages by the local drinking establishments, and when the drinking activities in the sororities and fraternities are not monitored—drinking and excessive drinking become so very easy.

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