Drinking Can Pose a Danger in College
Partying is part of the good times that go along with college, and getting drunk has almost become the rite of passage that goes along with it. College students look forward to cutting loose with their newfound friends and getting a little tipsy to take the edge off the nervousness that goes along with meeting new people —especially members of the opposite sex. However, all too many college students take their drinking a little too far and end up paying the price for it.
The biggest issues college students face when it comes to drinking have to do with underage drinking, drinking and driving, and binge drinking. While only the first two are overtly illegal, all can lead to some serious problems socially and academically. Most college students don’t see a problem with drinking while underage in their own residences or at a party, and don’t realize that police officers could "bust" the party and slap them with a Minor in Possession (MIP) charge, which may end up permanently on their record. You may think that such a minor charge doesn’t matter, but many an employer will consider someone’s criminal record before hiring him or her. For instance, would-be firefighters and police officers typically must be above reproach when they apply for those types of jobs. And if you ever plan to run for public office, you can be sure your dirty laundry will be drug out into the public eye.
But it’s not just minors who can find themselves with a criminal record involving alcohol. Public intoxication (PI) charges are a common occurrence among college students of all ages. It happens when you get drunk out of your mind at a bar or a party and then go stumbling aimlessly about the sidewalks outside — only to run into a police officer, or an annoyed bystander who calls the police on you.
And that’s the primary problem with drinking to excess. It can impair your judgment to the point that you do things you normally wouldn’t do or say things to your friends or significant other that you would never say when sober, which can ruin friendships and romantic relationships. Getting drunk can also affect your academics if you stay out too late every night and start getting in the habit of sleeping through your early classes or showing up hungover and inattentive.
The best practice for drinking in college is to drink in moderation, and if you do decide to go overboard, have a designated driver or a good friend to keep you from going too overboard. After all, getting in an accident or getting your stomach pumped at a hospital is no one’s idea of celebration.