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Say Neaux to Binge Drinking It is a Saturday at LSU, and the booming roar of Tiger fans echoes across campus, but it is not coming from Tiger Stadium. The commotion hails from places like the Parade Ground, where LSU's loyal fans have congregated, clad in their purple-and-gold best. Tailgating festivities are in full swing. Tents stretch as far as the eye can see, giving the oak trees a one-day-only vacation from shading the halls of campus. However, the colossal streak of tigers is blissfully unaware of the danger that lurks amongst their games of corn hole and cookouts. About half of college students who drink consume alcohol through binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as the practice of consuming large quantities of alcohol in a single period. This typically occurs after four drinks for women and five drinks for men in a two-hour span. Drinking in this manner can create serious problems for college students, ranging from negatively impacting their academics, their health, or their criminal record. Research shows that college students who are binge drinkers tend to miss classes and have poor academic performance. Many habitual binge drinkers will leave college before finishing their studies. They are also more likely to get in trouble with the law and engage in risky behavior such as unprotected sex or damage property. Other more severe consequences include sexual assault, physical assault, and death. The National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence cites that more than 690,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking. More than 97,000 students within the same age range are victims of alcoholrelated sexual assault or date rape. Approximately 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from unintentional alcohol-related injuries. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, "The first six weeks of freshman year are a vulnerable time for heavy drinking and alcohol-related consequences because of student expectations and social pressures at the start of the academic year." However, there are other significant environmental factors that contribute to the binge-drinking problem on college campuses. Universities like LSU with a strong Greek presence and prominent athletic programs tend to drink more than other types of schools. College drinking has become a ritual for students and sites like Gameday and Tigerland have become the central places of worship at LSU. Drinking is stereotyped to be an essential part of the college experience. Although most students come to campus with some level of experience with alcohol, factors like unstructured time, inconsistent enforcement of underage drinking laws, and the newfound freedom from family and friends can exacerbate the binge drinking problem. Be mindful, Tigers. Next time there is an event in which alcohol is present, raise your standards, not just your glasses. Drink in moderation and make safe choices. *** This piece was created for academic purposes ***

Say Neaux to Binge Drinking  
Say Neaux to Binge Drinking  
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