One of the greatest points of contention in the state of Indiana today is the point of contention that revolves around alcohol use and abuse amongst college students at college sporting events.  This has been a debated issues back and forth for decades, and many colleges in different areas have effectively banned alcohol from college sporting events because of the trouble and upset that it creates in those who drink it.  Alcohol creates powerful addictions in college students, and those who do not become addicted often still abuse it or at least drink too much of it when they do drink it.  And, as is so typical, since America’s response to its grotesque gun violence is more, more, and more guns, it’s hardly surprising that in the face of a campus binge-drinking epidemic, more colleges have decided to sell alcohol at sporting events too.

What happened in Indiana was that there used to be several restrictions on drinking alcohol at sporting events, but now those restrictions are being lifted and removed for all involved.  This change of course only came only after West Virginia began offering beer, wine, and hard cider at football games and only after the alcohol-poisoning death there in that state of an 18-year-old fraternity pledge whose blood-alcohol reading was actually six times higher than the state’s overall legal limit.

Between the years of 1997 and 2001 the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, (NIAAA), found that the percentage of schools with alcohol-education programs increased from 38 percent to 60 percent all in all, which was great.  Yet in that same time span however, the number of Division I athletes who drank registered a barely perceptible decline, from 79.2 percent to only 78.3 percent.  Obviously this tactic didn’t work, and certainly allowing excessive drinking at sporting events hasn’t helped in this endeavor.

Alcohol Abuse on Campus

Alcohol abuse in colleges is a big deal, and it’s serious, dangerous, and deadly too.  According to a recent study was done by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, (NIAAA), alcohol kills roughly 1,825 college students annually.  Now we have to look at it this way, if the excess consumption of some food item were linked to nearly 2,000 deaths a year, how long would it remain on a college cafeteria’s menu?   It would be removed almost immediately of course.  College drinkers also physically assault 690,000 fellow students and date-rape another 97,000, all as a result of their alcohol use and abuse.

All in all, if a state like Indiana wants to lower its overall alcoholism, alcohol addiction, and binge drinking issues, then the way to go about it is most definitely not to go through it in a way that involves allowing or allowing an increase in the amount of drinking done by college students.  College students have the worst drinking habits of them all, with more college students drinking then any other demographic in the nation.  This is particularly dangerous because of their age.  Younger age drinkers tend to also abuse drugs more likely than older age people do as well.

Underage drinking and driving is also a major issue in the United States by far.  In the year 2013 in particular, an estimated eleven percent of persons of the age of 12 or older drove under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year alone. This percentage was similar to the rate in 2012 (11.2 percent).  The rate was of course sadly highest among persons aged 12 to 25 and persons aged 26 to 29 too, (19.7 and 20.7 percent, respectively). Essentially, young adults are not only far more likely to fall under the influence of addiction in general, but also young adults are far more likely to drink and drive than older adults are.

All in all, it might not be a bad idea for Indiana to start cracking down on their college drinking rules to try and stop the problem in its tracks before it gets any worse, which it will definitely do if it’s allowed to continue.

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