College Students, Booze, and Your Liver
The latest on drinking from around the country, and discussing the danger to students’ livers
Liquor violations among colleges
Will underage and problem drinking on campus ever go away? Doubtful unless a lot of things occur, including a major shift in young people’s attitudes toward fun. Huff Post has a couple of great charts showing the different disciplinary actions for liquor violations among colleges. The charts also list the arrests for violations. WVU has the largest number of violations among “regular” colleges, and Cornell has the largest number among Ivy League schools. Does a large number of violations mean that the college polices the campus well and is concerned about the drinking? Does a large number of both violations and arrests mean that it’s a party school? Should the numbers be a factor in the college decision? I’d say it’s an individual family decision.
When underage students can drink
In the annals of “who would have thought it?”, or perhaps “Only in California”, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law this summer that allows students age 18 or older to legally taste wine and beer if it’s part of a wine-making or beer-brewing course, which the article said are popular in California. Now students aren’t in danger of being charged with a misdemeanor.
What’s trending on campus? Monster Energy drinks + alcohol
Some college students think that drinking Monster Energy Drinks mixed with alcohol is an acceptable way to be able to stay awake and “party through the night.” A USA Today article mentioned a senior at Syracuse who mixes this drink with alcohol to save calories on soda and spend them on alcohol. Actually, the Monster Energy Drink counteracts the alcohol, so students don’t feel as intoxicated as they really are, and that doesn’t take into consideration how unhealthy the drinks are to begin with.
Efforts to prevent excessive drinking
A few colleges have come up with innovative programs to combat students’ drinking to excess. It seems that during a certain football game last year, which sounds like Homecoming, students at State University of New York – Cortland took to the streets and caused mayhem. Alcohol, of course, was a big reason it got out of control.
This year the student government is sponsoring a concert and awarding significant prizes to attendees to try and rein students in, and the police are letting it be known that they have zero tolerance for students who are out of control.
What college kids should know about alcohol and their livers
Here’s a quiz from WebMD that college kids might want to take titled “How Well Do You Know Your Liver?” It gets to the problem of your liver and alcohol at question 6:
Question: Why is alcohol bad for your liver?
Answer: It can damage liver cells.
Your liver breaks down the alcohol you drink to help get it out of your body. But drinking more alcohol than your liver can process may cause damage. There are several types of alcohol-related liver disease: fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, and alcoholic cirrhosis. If you find it hard to cut back on alcohol, ask a doctor or counselor for help.
The liver is just one organ. It would be nice to have more quizzes like this that illustrate for young people just how dangerous alcohol abuse can be.