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The Dangers of Binge Drinking in College Students

Getting drunk and making a fool of yourself has been a storied part of college life for years. It’s almost considered a rite of passage during young adulthood. Young adults away from home for the first time like to test out their newfound freedom, and that includes experimenting with alcohol and drugs. However, that experimentation can cross the line from investigation to substance misuse and abuse. College binge drinking isn’t so much about how often college students drink; it’s more about how much they consume when they do drink. You’ve likely seen the heartbreaking headlines reporting the untimely deaths of college students who binge drank to their death. Parents, colleges, and universities realized that they had to face up to the dangers of binge drinking in college students. But while many policies have been put in place to curb binge drinking in college students, the sad fact remains that it’s still happening on college campuses all over the United States. At Laguna View Detox, we understand the dangers of binge drinking, and we’re here to help you. 

Why Do College Students Binge Drink?

Binge drinking is the top way that college students misuse alcohol. Many students see it as a right of passage as if the college experience would not be complete without it. Researchers have found that nearly 53% of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 drank alcohol in the past month, with 33% of those admitted to binge drinking. While drinking before college will likely lead to more drinking in college, there are other contributing factors. College life is much different than life in high school at home with parental supervision. College students find themselves with unstructured time and the availability of alcohol. Add in the inconsistent enforcement of underage drinking laws, the pressures of being a new college student, and fewer parents’ interactions. You have the perfect storm for binge drinking. 

What Are the Dangers of Binge Drinking in College Students?

Binge drinking can have adverse effects in and outside of the classroom. Leading to the death of nearly 2,000 people between the ages of 18 and 24 each year, binge drinking also leads to almost 700,000 assaults and 100,000 sexual assaults.  With one out of four college students experiencing academic difficulties due to drinking, this rite of passage needs to become a thing of the past. 

In one study, college students who binge drank multiple times per week were six times as likely to perform poorly on exams and projects. Students who engage in binge drinking regularly find themselves unable to learn and memorize information in the same way as their non-drinking peers.  In addition to the immediate consequences of binge drinking, there is also an increased risk that it will turn into a regular habit, lead to drug use, and possibly lead to addiction. 

How To Get Help With a Drinking Problem

At Laguna View Detox, we understand the effects of binge drinking and addiction. We will support you with round the clock care for your addiction.  We are one of the leading private alcohol and drug rehab centers in Orange County. We provide luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas California has to offer. 

Our staff includes some of the most experienced and most compassionate in the industry, and we’ll create a holistic treatment plan tailored to you. If you or your college student is struggling with drinking, we are here to help. We will care for you while you safely detox and then guide you through inpatient treatment and aftercare.  Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!  

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