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Alcohol Awareness Month: The Dangers of Binge Drinking in College

In recognition of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and it naming April as Alcohol Awareness Month, our team of Scottsdale addiction rehab specialists at Acceptance Recovery Center are continuing the discussion beyond our previous entry. This time, we are focusing on alcoholism in college settings and binge drinking in particular.

As we previously mentioned, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines binge drinking as consuming four or more drinks “in a single occasion.” The exact time duration is not included in the definition since alcoholism is more about the behavior and thought processes than the actual amount of alcohol consumed. People living alcohol addiction often subconsciously feel the need to drink alcohol at some point each day and heavily during any social gathering.

College events are nearly guaranteed to be centered on alcohol consumption, which either encourages people who are already addicted to the substance or contribute significantly to the chances of an addiction developing. According to data from The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), an estimated 50% of college students binge drink, either at events or during their private free time. Alcoholism in college students is not harmless, either. It is far from it, in fact.

NIAAA statistics indicate the following:

  • More than 1,800 college students will lose their lives each year due to some sort of accident or health affliction caused by alcohol consumption. Another estimated 600,000 will end up with a moderate to severe injury for the same reasons.
  • Nearly 700,000 college and university students will be involved in a violent confrontation each year, with at least one of the combatants being intoxicated at the time.
  • Close to 100,000 college students are sexually assaulted to some degree each year after binge drinking, or by someone intoxicated.

Stopping Binge Drinking On Campus

Habits formed in college are formative, as most university students are starting to find the identities they will keep for the rest of their lives. Binge drinking is all the more dangerous, then, as young students who regularly partake in alcohol consumption are unknowingly developing an alcohol addiction that may never stop following them.

If you want to help your fellow college-goers avoid developing alcoholism, you can spread the word about Alcohol Awareness Month. If you want to get more involved with the effort, you may want to consider hosting your own gatherings and exerting control over what alcohol is served, to whom, and in what quantities. Also, provide all guests with ample sources of water, encouraging one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage consumed.

Overcoming alcohol addiction is a collective effort for so many people, as going it alone is more challenging and generally unnecessary. If you live in Arizona and want to find a safe space to help you defeat alcoholism, we invite you to call Acceptance Recovery Center at (844) 336-2250. Our Scottsdale addiction rehabilitation center is reputable throughout the state for providing genuine, compassionate care that effectively helps defeat dependency through personalized treatments and therapies.

To discover more about Alcohol Awareness Month, head to the official NCADD website by clicking here. To discuss how we can help you move towards a brighter future through addiction recovery, contact us at any time.