Is controlled drinking on campuses better than total abstinence?

Many youngsters prefer alcohol as the drug of choice. This is the reason why many young people today are more vulnerable to the serious outcomes of underage drinking than ever before. Of late, underage drinking has become a serious public health issue in the United States. Although drinking in school and college campuses are largely prohibited, many students partake in binge drinking even inside college campuses.

At Florida Southern Campus (FSC), the authorities are quite stringent with regard to alcohol consumption on the campus. The college continues to disbar not only alcohol but also alcohol-related paraphernalia from college premises. Further, drinking any kind of alcoholic beverage within the campus is strictly off limits at FSC, which results in students often leaving the campus to drink and have fun.

Having fun in controlled environment safer than having to leave campus to drink

Apart from prohibiting items like empty alcohol bottles, containers and cans, the college authorities do not allow any items such as water pongs, flip cups, keg stands related to drinking. Even shot glasses, beer steins, and wine glasses and other such drinkware cannot find their way into the dormitories. While Florida Southern continues with its draconian policies for curbing alcohol use, many other universities in the country have formulated protocols and guidelines for safe drinking within the campuses. This can be attributed to the fact that making campuses “dry” would only endanger the safety of students, who would then be visiting taverns and other unsafe places outside for a beer and party.

Drinking outside campuses and walking back in a drunken stupor significantly increases the risk of accidents, sexual assaults and physical injury. It was proven by the tragic incident that happened in 2016 when an FSC student returning after a party from the popular “Kaus” bar died while walking back to the campus in an inebriated state.

Underage drinking: A national scourge affecting millions of young Americans

Underage drinking is a massive problem in the United States. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 33 percent of American teens have had at least one drink by age 15.  Contributing to the never-ending problem of drinking is a variant of alcohol, popularly known as alcopops, or a combination of alcohol and soda, which is widely available in almost all shops in the U.S. Apparently, these drinks appeal to youngsters more than wine or beer, thereby contributing to the overall underage binge drinking numbers. Alcopops are primarily marketed for teens aged between 13 and 16 years.

Creating public awareness about the harmful effects of underage drinking is one of the most effective ways to combat the growing rates of addiction to this socially accepted drug. It is the duty of parents to lay down some ground rules aimed at responsible partying and prevent their children from falling prey to alcohol poisoning. Meanwhile, parents can advise their teenaged children to choose among other safe alternatives while explaining to them the kinds of risks involved in partying with excessive alcohol.

Road to sobriety

Whether or not to drink alcohol during college days is a critical decision that most students need to make. However, one must remember that drinking is generally not a one-time decision.

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