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How Many College Students Drop Out Because Of Alcohol?

How Many College Students Drop Out Because Of Alcohol?

The presence of alcohol and drinking culture is indeed an unfortunate reality among college students. For the first time in their lives, college students are free from the supervision of their parents.

This "freedom" coupled with peer influence (which promotes and approves the drinking culture), many college students are falling prey to alcoholism.

In a paper issued by the Counseling and Psychological Services of the University of Florida, the following data (regarding alcoholism in colleges throughout the country) was revealed:

  • The percentage of students who "binge drink" has increased over the last 10 years

  • About 1,400 deaths in colleges are linked to alcohol

  • Half of the sexual assaults in colleges are linked to alcohol

  • About 28% of college dropouts put the blame on alcohol

  • About 25-40% of students blame alcohol for their low academic grades, missing class, and falling behind in class

  • About 48% of the alcohol consumed by all undergraduates are consumed by students who are younger than 21

How colleges are coping with alcoholism

Alcohol is not only a reason for students to drop out from college, but it is also a big drain on their finances. Here are some ways colleges are adopting to manage alcoholism on their campus:

  • Many colleges have set up resource centers manned by professionals who talk to and counsel students

  • These resources offer one-to-one counseling either in person or through phones

  • If students who visit these centers are considered "high-risk," then they are advised to meet a specialist for help

  • The environments in these resource centers are non-judgmental and hence students feel comfortable to seek help

Why do students drink in college

Here are some reasons as to why students turn to alcohol in college:

Alcohol starts before college for many students – It is a common misconception that students have their first drink in college when they are free from parent supervision. However, a large percentage of high school students are already into alcohol (and definitely more than a few sips). Alcohol is easy to lay hands on too.

However, it is true that while in high school (perhaps driven by parental supervision), the desire to misuse alcohol does not enter the scene. In college, this desire to drink in excess intensifies helped by the absence of parental supervision and the approval and promotion of alcohol drinking by peers and friends.

College life is full of major changes – The transition from high school to college is fraught with risk and there are umpteen changes that students undergo during the transition period. Being away from home, they are looking for intimacy and comfort among friends. They are searching for an identity for themselves.

A lot of hormonal changes happen in the body during this time. College students are always worrying about how others perceive them and they are willing to go to any extent to be seen in the correct light by peers and seniors in college. All these changes wreck havoc in the minds of students and they easily turn to alcohol for succor. Slowly but surely, abuse of alcohol brings in all the negative effects on the lives of these poor students.

Final Notes

At the risk of sounding pedantic, I would like to say that college is primarily to study, get a degree, and find excellent and well-paying employment. Use this time to build as many skills as you can as the outside world is full of loopholes you will fall into if you are not prepared.

We, at Prescott Papers, will gladly help you through these stressful times. Contact us for all kinds of academic writing help. This will reduce stress and also free up time which you can use productively for studying.

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