Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Drinking

OK—I know what you are going to say. Ashland is a dry campus. Drinking is illegal for persons under 21 years old. You come from a good family. You know how to control your drinking. Blah! Blah! Blah!

The truth is that (according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism statistics for 2013)
  • College students drink more often than non-students (59.4 percent of full-time college students ages 18–22 drank alcohol in the past month compared with 50.6 percent of other persons of the same age)
  • College students are more likely to be heavy drinkers than non-students (12.7 percent of college students ages 18–22 engaged in heavy drinking—5 or more drinks on an occasion on 5 or more occasions per month—in the past month compared with 9.3 percent of other persons of the same age.)
  • College students are more likely to be binge drinkers than non-students (39 percent of college students ages 18–22 engaged in binge drinking (5 or more drinks on an occasion) in the past month compared with 33.4 percent of other persons of the same age.)
Other statistics show that 25% of America's college freshmen drink enough for it to affect their grades and academic performance. Drinking is a strong contributor to
  • Unintended sex and pregnancy
  • Physical violence
  • Auto accidents and death
If you find you cannot control your drinking, you are not alone.We have a free, confidential counseling service that can help.