Drinking alcohol has become one of the most popular ways college students unwind. In fact, almost 60% of college students say they drink alcohol.
With so many parties and events dedicated just to drinking on college campuses such as tailgates, themed house and apartment parties, and bar crawls it can be easy to fall into the habit of drinking a lot of alcohol regularly. I mean its college, right? This is the time to let loose!
Danger of drinking too muchWhile having one or two drinks in a night isn’t necessarily bad, the problem for college students is that many of them don’t stop there.
Nearly half of all students who drink, binge drink, meaning they drink a lot of alcohol in a short period of time. For women that would be four or more drinks in about 2 hours and for men it would be five plus drinks in that same amount of time.
Binge drinking can lead to a lot of harmful consequences. For instance:
Clearly, it isn’t just harmless fun. Drinking too much alcohol can hurt both student’s health and grades.
How to cut back on drinkingIf you think you might be drinking too much, it’s a good idea to come up with a plan for how you are going to cut down. Here are some tips on how you can limit how much alcohol you drink:
Besides the obvious benefits to your health, limiting the amount of alcohol you drink can also help you:
What are your favorite sober activities on campus? Share them below!
Sources: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
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