an individual choice but when the spill-over affects the quality of life
for the campus community, it becomes everyones problem. Its
like a secondhand hangover.
the drinker range from subtle to criminal. The subtleties may begin by
behaving in any remorseful or harmful way. Unintended or unprotected sex.
From an academic standpoint: missing courses, grades suffering, flunking
classes or dropping out altogether. Criminal: Drunk driving. wrecks and
arrests. At a health level: Emergency room admissions from alcohol poisoning,
seizures, needless injuries from drunken accidents of all sorts even death.
For the person
affected by someone elses drinking it ranges from having to care-take
a drunk friend, roommate or neighbor. Having sleep or studies interrupted
by obnoxious drunkenness, or being a victim of an alcohol-related crime
(from vandalism and theft to rape and homicide)
all that, its still the minority of students that drink excessively.
Yet for far too long, standards of behavior for all students have been
shaped by those students who do over indulge.
to college involves many rites of passage. For some its cutting
loose the apron strings from Mom for the first time, learning to balance
a checkbook, cook and losing your virginity. But drinking to the point
of oblivion, or having to endure the consequences of someone elses
drinking, need not and shouldnt have to be part of campus life.
In the past
its been college administrators setting policy for high-risk drinking
and substance abuse prevention will little affect. In growing numbers
across the country students are questioning the corrosive and degrading
influence of binge drinking on the quality of college life. And it is
this very active student role that seems to be making a difference.
Quite to the
contrary. More like very uncool, idiotic and unacceptable. Students set
out to make a difference are redefining whats fun and what acceptable
behavior for a positive college experience. Rather than apathetically
turning their heads the other way, students are turning up in record numbers
to advocate for change.
us thoughts, experiences and ideas to help create change for the better.