Do College Drinking Games Lead To Lifelong Problems?

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You’ve seen it around campus, you probably know quite a few people who imbibe to excess and you may even do it yourself. What am I talking about? Binge drinking, particularly those activities centered on drinking games. All across the flaskUS and around the world for that matter college students are engaging in a dangerous activity, one that could cost them their lives.

Students often choose to engage in binge drinking as a way to have fun, make friends and, in many cases, to drink to excess. On many campuses, binge drinking is viewed as ‘the norm’ with a large proportion of the undergraduate population being active participants in the drinking games that are part of college life.

A number of policy and research groups have been looking at this trend with alarm and have been issuing warnings to colleges and universities in a bid to tackle the problem. On occasion, binge drinking leads to a death of a student and in many cases can be the beginning of lifelong addiction to alcohol.

“What many students don’t realize is that they may develop bad habits early on that will stay with them or the rest of their student days and into their subsequent careers. This kind of drinking pattern can quickly spiral out of control and lead to alcohol addiction,” says Sue Allchurch, research director for the Linwood Group an operator of a private, residential treatment center located in Lincolnshire, UK, which offers help and assistance to people with alcoholism and alcohol abuse problems.

“Alcoholism is a progressive illness – over time, the binges will become closer together. If you tell yourself that you are alright because your drinking only goes out of control every few weeks, you are already in denial,” she warns.

There are other danger signs, too. These include:

  • Blackouts – periods of time you cannot account for when drunk
  • Regularly missing lectures or other commitments due to a hangover or the need to drink instead
  • Daytime drinking in the week – worse still if you do this alone
  • Craving alcohol
  • Drinking in the morning to control a hang-over or the shakes
  • Injuring yourself repeatedly when drunk
  • Having attempted to cut back, finding it impossible
  • Making excuses (for example, I only drink lager, I know someone who drinks a lot more than me, all students drink a lot)
  • Getting annoyed or defensive if someone mentions the amount you drink

Clearly, the realization that you have a problem with alcohol begins with you. Seek confidential help and advice from a trained counselor, one who can help you break the cycle of binge drinking, a move that could save or extend your life.

Resources

Linwood Group

The Student Perspective On College Drinking

Photo Credit: Jason Aaberg

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