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College is all about studying until your brain hurts, figuring out your future, making life-long friends and….drinking? Drinking alcohol has become one of the most popular ways college students unwind . In fact, almost 60% of college students say they drink alcohol.
With so many parties and events dedicated just to drinking on college campuses such as tailgates, themed house and apartment parties, and bar crawls it can be easy to fall into the habit of drinking a lot of alcohol regularly. I mean its college, right? This is the time to let loose! Dangers of binge drinkingWhile having one or two drinks in a night isn’t necessarily bad, the problem for college students is that many of them don’t stop there. Nearly half of all students who drink, binge drink. Binge drinking is when you drink a lot of alcohol in a short amount of time. For women that would be four or more drinks in a about 2 hours and for men it would be five plus drinks in that same amount of time.
Binge drinking can lead to a lot of harmful consequences. For instance:
Clearly, it isn’t just harmless fun. Drinking too much alcohol can hurt both student’s health and grades.
How to cut downToo much of any one thing is never a good thing. If you think you might be drinking too much, it’s a good idea to come up with a plan for how you are going to cut down. Here are some tips on how you can limit how much alcohol you drink:
And there are so many benefits to curbing the amount of alcohol you drink! You might be able to save more money, focus better on your studies, have possibly less embarrassing interactions with cute potential love interests, ditch the dreaded beer belly and of course not have to deal with awful hangovers.
What are your favorite sober activities on campus? Share them below!
Sources: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
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