44% Binge

The Harvard School of Public Health 1999 College Alcohol Study surveyed students on 119 college campuses throughout the country and found that 44% of U.S. college students engaged in binge drinking during the two weeks before the survey. While we often think of binge drinking as something more serious than 5 drinks consumed by males or 4 drinks consumed by females, it remains true that drinking beyond this threshold is correlated to a host of negative outcomes.

2 Responses to “44% Binge”

  1. Michael Says:

    What I find is a shame about all this is that moderate drinking can be just as, if not more enjoyable then all the supposed fun surrounding binge drinking. Yet binge drinking is continually turned to.

    Not only that, but it doesn’t come with all the negative baggage such as high caloric intake, negative health effects, loss of self control, etcetera.

    We *can* spark a cultural change, I believe so based on my own example and how becoming more involved with CR changed my drinking habits almost overnight.

    The ONLY form of drinking young adults are exposed to is binge drinking, and that is how I initially got caught in the web. It’s all I knew.

    In closing, this is a personal thanks to CR staff and to CR as an organization. You’re literally responsible for changing my views on alcohol for the better. Thanks.

  2. Edwin Says:

    To deminish contempt about alcohol that is shared by many who are 18-20 and to create a comprehensive program to foster alcohol responsibility, the drinking age must be lowered to 18. The current drinking age doesn’t only affect 18-20 year olds but also affects those who are a little older because binge-drinking among them is very prevelant. In short, the drinking age must be lowered to 18 because it’s ageist and has not and won’t ever solve any alcohol abuse problems. Don’t forget to place a comment.