Preventing Binge Drinking on College Campuses

Instructor: Melissa Oden

Dr. Oden earned a master's degree in Social Work, a master's degreee in Public Health, and a Doctorate in Health Education.

In this lesson, you will learn about the prevalence of binge drinking on college campuses. You will also be introduced to strategies that can help reduce the incidents of binge drinking in this environment.

Preventing Binge Drinking

Candace is a 19-year-old, smart, attractive, female co-ed attending a local university. This is her first semester in college, and living away from home for the first time. She is feeling very unsure about the whole 'college experience' that she is supposed to be having. One night Candace is invited to a party, and wanting to fit in and find some new friends, she decides to attend. When she arrives, there are a large number of kids drinking, dancing, and having a good time. Out of her desperation to belong, Candace joins in.

It isn't long before Candace begins to attend parties regularly, drinking heavily at each one. She is having multiple drinks in a short amount of time playing drinking games. The parties start on Thursday nights and continue on through Sunday. Pretty soon, she is too hungover in the mornings to make it to her classes, and her grades begin slipping. Candace realizes that she has a serious and dangerous problem with alcohol when she is sexually assaulted during a party. Having so many drinks, she is too drunk to fend off her attacker.

Drinking alcohol

Prevalence of Binge Drinking

Candace's story is, sadly, not uncommon. Binge drinking is a major problem on college campuses today. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, four out of five college students drink alcohol. Around half of all college students who drink engage in binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as having more than five drinks in a two-hour period for men, and four or more drinks for women.

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