Binge drinking and sexual assault

A study recently completed at the University of Georgia reported that “found that first-year female college students who drank four or more alcoholic drinks in one day at the start of the study were 33 percent more likely to be victims of a sexual assault in the following months.”

Sarah Fischer, author of the study, noted that women who binge drink are in greater danger of sexual assault, which is a harm associated with binge drinking; “The main take-home point is that binge drinking at the start of the year increases risk for freshmen college women for later sexual assault during their first year of college.”

This study may lead to other research on the relationship between alcohol and unwanted sexual activity and the social context in which both occur.

2 Responses to “Binge drinking and sexual assault”

  1. Ajax the Great Says:

    While the pro-21 crowd will probably have a field day with this study, they really shouldn’t feel the least bit vindicated by the results. The 21 drinking age is actually part of the problem by forcing alcohol use underground for 18-20 year olds, making it far more dangerous than it has to be. And for young women, forcing drinking underground most likely increases the risk of sexual assault by encouraging larger quantities of alcohol in a shorter period of time and putting them in more dangerous situations (e.g. frat parties, woods, etc.) than they would be in if drinking was legal. The 21 drinking age thus does an absolutely terrible job of protecting young women, or anyone for that matter.

    And before anyone claims that underage drinking women deserve to be raped, we must all remember that rape and sexual assault are horrific crimes of violence against innocent victims, and that no one “deserves” or “asks” to be raped, regardless of the victim’s age or whether they had been drinking. Likewise, a guy being wasted is absolutely no excuse for him to commit rape or any other crime.

    By the way, the 4 drinks definition of “binge drinking” has simply got to go, period. There is a huge difference between having 4 or 5 versus having 8, 9, or 10 drinks in an evening, and also a huge difference between pounding 4-5 shots in a few minutes (especially on an empty stomach) versus pacing those same drinks over a few hours. But that definition treats those as one and the same, which is bogus.

    Let America be America again, and lower the drinking age to 18. If you’re old enough to go to war, you’re old enough to go to the bar. ‘Nuff said.

  2. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    The environment matters a lot and since the drinking age does not allow for a good environment for responsibly drinking alcohol, bad things can happen.