The Effects of Alcohol in College Students

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On college campuses across America, the use of alcohol has been an topic in need of explanation for many years. The concept will be explaned with emphise on the negative effects of hooch. Alcohol in cardio-sport athletes is especially harmful. But at any rate the negative concepts apply to all student. Besides the fact that a large number of students are underage when they drink, alcohol can put students in dangerous situations and give them a headache long after the hangover is gone. The short and long term effects alcohol has can impair students physically and mentally, impacting their education and health. In order to explain how alcohol can fully affect university students, the source of the issue must first be considered. …show more content…

As Amy M. Wolaver also noted in her research, "…common self-reported problems are missing classes and falling behind in school work as a result of occasional and frequent binge drinking"(415). When people begin to suffer in their classes because of heavy drinking they could try to make up for it by resorting to more desperate methods. Bichler found that "Low self-control had a stronger correlation with students' cheating behaviors for those who were heavy binge drinkers…" (735). Students who do not drink are not safe from the perils of heavy drinking due to secondhand effects. Langley writes, "One survey about drinking among college students has found that secondhand effects— including interruptions to study or sleep, having to take care of a drunk student, and being insulted or humiliated--were common" (1032). Other factors that influence a student's education are more direct effects such as memory. Small amounts of alcohol can increase memory skills, but any more can have the exact opposite result. Wolaver states, "…moderate to heavy drinking has negative impacts, both during the period of intoxication and for periods of time after consumption. Drinking may therefore have direct effects on the brain and cognitive ability" (415). Whether it is due to low grades, loss of time, or merely a change in interests, Wolaver insists that "Students who drink heavily are more likely to choose a social science or business major and less likely to


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