Editorial - The dangers of alcohol
Published: Friday, September 7, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 7, 2012 06:09
"Regret is what I feel when I remember I’m another number to him."
"Regret feels like knowing I’m a bad example for my little brothers."
"Regret feels like a hangover that lasts the entire next day."
These regrets were voiced by West Virginia University students who submitted to a WELLWVU Tumblr that is documenting the remorse of students grappling with alcohol abuse.
WVU is not the only college in the country with a drinking problem – nearly half of all college students nationwide admit to binge drinking. However, there can be no denying WVU’s notoriety when it comes to the reckless, party-school lifestyle contributes to this dangerous behavior.
Setting aside the question of whether the University’s high standing in party rankings is soiling its academic reputation, it is important for all students to understand the unmistakable emotional and physical health risks that are associated with heavy drinking.
According to a study chartered by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 1,700 college students die each year as a result of alcohol-related injuries, including car accidents and alcohol poisoning.
The overall tally of alcohol-related injuries for college students is close to 600,000 annually. Additionally, over 30,000 students receive medical attention for overdosing on alcohol each year.
Moreover, three out of every four female college students who report being sexually abused say that they were under the influence of alcohol at the time.
These numbers are staggeringly high.
Fortunately, many of these dangers are avoidable as long as you take the time to educate yourself on the dangers of alcohol abuse. The University offers many valuable resources for students looking to indulge in alcohol responsibly, including counseling and an online educational program on the topic.
Make the most of these resources, and keep in mind that your number-one priority as a college student is advancing toward your career goal.
Occasionally letting loose and enjoying yourself is perfectly fine, but don’t go overboard. It could cost you your emotional well-being, physical health or even your life.
To check out the WELLWVU "Regret" blog, go to http://wellwvu.tumblr.com.