How Does Alcohol Affect Your Campus
Knoxville, Tenn. December 1 — Classes, tests, football, friends, drink are the answers normally given to you by college students when asked what they do.
Drinking alcohol, if you are 21, can be a fun time but only when done responsibly, but when it is abused that is when all hell breaks loose. Under-aged drinking is a problem, not just for college campuses but everywhere. In the United States, 11% of the alcohol consumed is from the ages of 12 to 20, and of that group around 90% is used by binge drinking.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of alcoholism is a medical condition in which someone frequently drinks too much alcohol and becomes unable to live a normal and healthy life.
“Living with and alcoholic is depressing,” said Dante Arnwine, former student at the University of Tennessee, who lived with a person that was an alcoholic and abused it almost every day. He continued by saying, “The worst part is all of the energy it takes to believe that the situation will get better, but it never does.”Arnwine’s roommate had to go to the hospital because of alcohol poising.
Abusing alcohol has so many consequences that can cost you time, money, and your life. About 1,825 students die from a alcohol-related car crashes, around six hundred thousand students are injured while being influenced by alcohol.
Alcohol acts as a depressant which essentially closes doors on the important messages your body to the brain. It changes the drinkers perception, movements, vision, and hearing all which could lead to very bad decisions.
On the campus of the University of Tennessee there is people willing to help college students with their drinking problems. The Center for Health and Wellness give students the information they need in order to help them over come their substance abuses.