GPA and Binge Drinking

Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschik reported this week that a recent study done by the Center for the Study of Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State University found a connection between binge drinking rates and reduced academic performance. Though the study itself was primarily focused on suicide rates, the researchers also asked about drinking habits, and the results indicate that frequent binge drinking is correlated with a lower grade point average. Check out the rest of the details here.

4 Responses to “GPA and Binge Drinking”

  1. Edwin Says:

    Academic performance is supported solely by the student, thus there’s no issue pertaining to it, but since binge drinking can be dangerous, binge drinking is an issue. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 with an alcohol education program to respect the age of majority and instill 18-20 year olds alcohol responsibility. Finally, since binge drinking is very common at universities, people must realize there’s no choice but to lower the drinking age and to implement alcohol education along. Don’t forget to comment.

  2. Rationality Says:

    Edwin’s comment has a major fallacy that should be dealt with.

    Let us take the penultimate sentence:

    “Finally, since binge drinking is very common at universities, people must realize there‚Äôs no choice but to lower the drinking age and to implement alcohol education along.”

    Here is the argument: since underage drinking is prevalent at universities, we should make it legal and teach students how to drink responsibly so that they may not drink to their own detriment.

    There is a hidden premise here that is not being expressed: since underage drinking is prevalent at universities(this means: drinking is becoming a social norm), we should make it legal (because otherwise it will continue unregulated) and teach students how to drink responsibly so that they may not drink to their own detriment.

    And one further premise: The only remedy for prevalent underage drinking is making it legal and educating properly. It would otherwise be deleterious to make underage drinking legal without education or to make education mandatory without making it legal.

    Here’s where the problem is: You can effectively combat underage drinking with education without making it legal. DARE (the Drug Abuse and Resistance Program) is an educational program we have implemented to reduce illegal drug use by increasing student awareness. If you agree that DARE is effective, then you must also agree that it is unnecessary to make illegal drugs legal in order to supplement the education. If you think that DARE is ineffective at preventing kids from using illegal substances, you can’t possibly agree that making illegal drugs legal will further benefit teaching the student the “acceptable” ways of using drugs. I understand there are differences between illegal drugs and alcohol, but these differences aren’t enough to invalidate this analogy.

    It seems to me that Edwin doesn’t think that a good dose of paternalism can prevent underage alcohol use. He implies that alcohol use is so prevalent that it is irrational to think that there is any other option to make it legal.

    If you agree with Edwin’s implied premise, I ask you to critically consider the following: if rape and violence against women was prevalent in college campuses, should we make it legal to rape and commit violence against women, but also implement an education program dealing with safe sex and how not to be violent? If racial hate crimes are prevalent on campus, should we make it lynching legal, but also teach about racial equality?

    The answers are all no. Again, the analogy implies that all acts should be held in an equal light, and this is my assertion. Just as rape and lynching are detrimental to an individual’s future prospects (both of the violator and the victim), so does drinking diminish the future prospects of the violator and victim (who are, in most cases, one ans the same).

    My position is that the educational aspect should be change. I agree with [CR]’s position entirely on this. But, I do not agree that lowering the drinking age will benefit this education. If there are implied arguments that aren’t being explained, please assert them fully and with support.

    When it comes to issues like these, discussion should be conducted in the most rational manner – and this means with the most logical conclusions.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    To “Rationality”:

    Question number one: Are you with MADD?

    Anyway, there is a huge difference between rape and “underage” drinking. Alcohol use by anyone of any age harms nobody except the drinker. Persons aged 18-20 are adults, and thus there is no justifiable reason to give them some rights and deny them others, such as the right to drink. Drinking by someone over 21 has just as much detrimental results as drinking under 21, so why target “underage” alcohol use when the real problems are binge drinking and drunk driving. You and the rest of your MADD ilk are the reason binge drinking is still a problem in this country, because they do not receive the proper education about alcohol or drugs, and are instead told to “Just Say No!” in which the natural adolescent instinct when told not to do something is to do it in an act of rebellion. We need to stop focusing on 21 as being the “magic age” at which alcohol can suddenly be consumed, and target the real problems of drunk driving and binge drinking. Stop targeting 18 to 20 year old “kids”, because they are adults and should receive every right any other adult has. This debate is not about benefiting “alcohol education”, it is about recognizing the fact that
    the current age-21 law is discriminatory and thus reduces anybody from 18 to 20 to an undeserved “sub-adult” status. Since the 26th Amendment was passed in 1971, it has become obvious that anybody over the age of 18 is an adult, whether you MADD people like it or not. If you really want to prevent drunk driving, lower the BAC limit to .01 for everyone. Oh wait, you guys don’t want that because you would have to adhere to it as well.

  4. Ajax the Great Says:

    News flash: Peer-reviewed research has shown that DARE does not work, at least in the long run. It’s time to move toward more honest and realistic education, as well as lower the drinking age to 18.