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This great article called 10 sobering stats on college drinking deaths highlights a dangerous trend in college drinking.  Very well written by the staff at www.onlinecolleges.net.

Teaching our college kids to drink responsibly.

When I was a teenager about 35 years ago now nobody died from binge drinking and we drank. Hell I ended up an alcoholic.  What is it about our young people that they place themselves in such danger.  Its terribly sad to see so many young deaths from something that is completely avoidable.  The article quotes one  student who was found with  a blood-alcohol level of 0.436.  I was raised in Europe where teenage drinking is more acceptable and the legal age is 18.  Perhaps if we exposed our young people to alcohol in a healthy way younger they might now have such a lack of understanding that they literally drink themselves to death at such a young age.  Keeping alcohol away from them is not working.

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5 Comments

AmyApril 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

Unfortunately because booze is forbidden from teenagers, they will want to rebel and sneak it. And unfortunately many abuse alcohol for many reasons. One could be simply that they were able to do something that they were told they were not allowed to and get carried away. Secondly, being a teenager can be challenging and these kids quickly want an escape and booze they believe does it to them. They will not think ahead of the potential dangers it has. Many teenagers think they can get away with a lot and with that “immortal mentality” they think it is fun to get carried away with booze. Sadly many times it ends in tragedy. But I agree, kids need to be introduced to booze in a healthy way, but how can that be done? My dad used to give me sips of beer when I was 10 but is that kind of thing appropriate? What is the kid ends up liking booze too much and sneaks more of it as a result of that too? It’s a tricky situation.

 

AmyApril 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

It is a scary fact. Kids get stressed whether it is due to intense work load, or feeling inadequate or whatever it may be, kids get stressed and once they discover booze, they can easily become addicted to it and the worst possible thing can happen. Bottom line is that kids need to be educated on the facts about booze and the effects it can have on you instead of being sheltered from it.

 

AmyApril 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

For many kids college is their first taste of freedom and, unfortunately, some take it too far. Some are also drawn too easily by what others are doing. There definitely need to be some changes in the way that parents and students address alcohol.

 

AmyApril 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

Kids want to take their independence to the next level and that can mean them doing dangerous things without them even giving it a second thought. Drinking is something kids are curious about doing and can easily get carried away to the point that tragedy happens. Education is important but alcohol needs to be introduced to kids in a healthy way. If parents forbid them completely from it, they will only rebel and that can be a risky business as you had noted in your blog.

 

AmyApril 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

Alcohol is the most common addiction found among the teenagers and young people. In inexperienced hands, alcohol can be too dangerous. It is associated with suicide attempts and other deadly consequences. They are more likely to engage in unprotected sexual activity even with strangers. Even they may involve in anti-social activities, crimes etc.

 

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