Problematic drinking has almost become an acceptable college activity. Everyone understands what students go away to college for, partying. Many students factor in the ‘party scene’ of all their possible college choices before finally choosing one. Recent developments and accidents as a result of problematic drinking have caused these institutions, students, teachers and parents to fight back. Many students have lost their lives as a result of underage drinking, binge drinking, drunk driving and alcohol poisoning. In response to these tragic accidents many colleges have begun using alcohol education programs to reduce and prevent the problems associated with problematic drinking. Do these programs work? Does anyone even attend? Can they prevent alcohol abuse on Indiana campuses?

Alcohol Abuse and College Statistics

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism continues to report growing numbers of young adults abusing alcohol. Prevention programs and statistical proof have not reduced the amount of problematic drinking in American Universities. Substance abuse and alcoholism continues to rise for this demographic of Americans. College students have been polled and even more students are unafraid of the dangers of alcohol. The most recent student found that one in five college students have admitted to drinking drunk; with fifty percent admitting to having been a passenger in a vehicle operated by an intoxicated driver. Dangerous alcohol consumption has become a ‘rite of passage’ for college students in today’s Universities. Hazing students continues to be an issue and when alcohol is involved it can become deadly. As a result of the danger in driving while intoxicated many states have very harsh consequences for drinking and driving. These consequences can have lasting effects on individual’s legal records.

Alcohol Educational Programs

Alcohol educational programs are becoming increasingly popular for colleges. Many colleges require new students to take these online educational surveys before they can enter the institution. Some of these programs take several hours to complete and schools accept their completion survey. They are completely accessible via the internet, which offers new students flexibility to complete. Surveys have been taken of college students several years after taking the alcohol courses. Majority of the students admitted to not enjoying the program, but admitted to learning something from it. Most believe that these educational programs should be used for future students and that the program made them think twice about the way the consumed alcohol.

Can These Programs be Effective?

Any realist is going to understand that these types of campaigns for drug and alcohol abuse prevention are ill-fated. Young adults are going to be rebellious and do what they want. When they go off to college they are going to experiment with alcohol. Like it or not, it has become part of the college experience. What these programs can do is instill a bit of precaution in the future generations. Hopefully it is enough to prevent more of these disastrous outcomes of substance abuse. If just one student decides not to get into a dangerous car, situation or refrain from dangerous alcohol consuming events then they are worthwhile. These programs can help students understand the dangers of over-consuming and help them to make better choices. If these programs can get students to understand that binge drinking can be disastrous and drinking must be done in a responsible manner, then they are worth it. Doing nothing is not the answer; therefore, new age ideas must be constructed to reduce the amount of problematic drinking occurs in the United States colleges. College students should know that there are a number of helpful services provided at Universities for those suffering from substance abuse. They should also create a strong support network of friends that can help them when alcohol use has created a dangerous situation.



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