The Dangers of the College Party Scene

Wilmington NC Alcohol RehabMore than 600,000 college students are injured every year due to alcohol-related incidents. Binge drinking and illicit drug use make the college campus a breeding ground for injuries, arrests, and assaults. The National Institute of Health estimates that more than 700,000 students are victims of sexual assault that occurred as a result of drug or alcohol use, while another 1,825 students die from injuries sustained while under the influence. The statistics about what goes on in the college party scene are even more disturbing. If you, your son or daughter, or another loved one has an addiction issue, call our Wilmington NC alcohol rehab and drug treatment center at Legacy Freedom. We can help your family beat addiction.

While college campuses have always been notorious for encouraging students to behave badly, the hookup culture that is so prevalent on many campuses today poses significant concerns for the safety of students. When this culture combines with the binge drinking behaviors exhibited by a large number of college students, the concerns about student well-being increase considerably. A study conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that twenty-two percent of full-time students used some form of illicit drugs. This included cannabis, narcotics, stimulants, sedatives, and hallucinogens. More than sixty percent of full-time students were current drinkers. Of that sixty percent, fourteen percent admitted to being heavy drinkers while a staggering forty percent are binge drinkers. The result is a campus culture that has become primed for incidents of sexual assault. An estimated 3 to 9 percent of college-aged men have had sexual contact with someone who could not provide consent or resist sexual advances. This group also admitted to taking advantage of the level of intoxication of others in order to have sexual contact and using drugs or alcohol as tools of rape.

Sexual assault isn't the only thing that hard-partying students need to worry about. There are severe consequences to their party hardy ways that many students don't even consider. One of these is the impact that partying can have on their academic standing. Going out on Thursday night to kick off the weekend usually means missing class on Friday. Partying all weekend means that instead of studying on Sunday, students are nursing a hangover. In fact, one in four college students has faced some sort of academic consequence as a result of their partying. Whether it is missing a class, failing to turn in assignments, performing poorly on a test, or receiving lower overall grades, alcohol and academics don't mix. In fact, students who drank just three times per week were more likely to perform poorly on a test or project as a result of drinking and were five times more likely to miss a class than their peers who did not drink. Many students end their first semester at college on academic probation as a result of spending too much time hitting the keg and not enough time hitting the books.

While the majority of college freshman have had previous experience with alcohol or drugs before they set foot on campus, many are unprepared for the combination of easy access to substances on campus. Readily available alcohol and drugs combined with limited adult interaction and unstructured time creates the perfect environment for heavy partying and big consequences. Adjusting to life on campus and the lifestyle associated with it creates a vulnerable position for many incoming freshmen. Schools with well-respected athletic programs or a heavy fraternity and sorority presence are more likely to have student bodies that drink heavily. New students on campus are caught up in the social pressures to fit in and are often swept up into the party scene within their first six weeks at school.

While the numbers speak for themselves, educating college students about the dangers of binge drinking remains crucial. Providing a clear definition of binge drinking can help students recognize issues with their own behaviors. Increasing awareness about the safety risks associated with binge drinking like liver failure, sexual assault, drunk driving arrests, car crashes and other injuries is also important. Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of drinking that brings the blood alcohol level to 0.08 g/dl. Typically this level occurs after consuming 5 drinks for men or 4 drinks for women in a two hour time period. Students who binge drink are also at a greater risk for health problems, unplanned pregnancies, unsafe sex, suicide attempts and arrests for assault, battery, and vandalism.

Providing this awareness and education to students on campus by targeting specific demographics has become common practice on most college campuses. Those groups that are at the greatest risk for binge drinking are:

  • Incoming freshmen
  • Mandated students
  • Student-athletes
  • Members of fraternities and sororities

By increasing the knowledge and awareness of binge drinking and the problems that it can pose to both well-being and academic performance, the intention is to change student's attitudes, behaviors and expand their knowledge so that fewer risks are taken and fewer harmful effects are experienced.

Holistic Wilmington NC Alcohol Rehab For College Students

If you, or someone you love, are struggling with alcohol or drug use, Legacy Freedom can help. Our holistic approach to Wilmington NC alcohol rehab and drug treatment helps you identify the underlying cause of your substance abuse problem. Utilizing a combination of alternative therapies, traditional talk therapy, and nutritional and exercise therapy to help you overcome your dependency Legacy Freedom of Wilmington has proven successful for addicted clients time and time again. We are not a twelve step program. Instead, our clients use one-on-one talk therapy and group therapy to discover the root of their addiction. Alternative treatments like inner child therapy, EMDR, and equine therapy are used to help create open communication patterns, address painful memories or traumatic situations.

Healing your body begins with proper nutrition and exercise. Together with our staff dietician and physical therapist, you will learn to eat and exercise as you learn to live a sober lifestyle. We believe that when you feel good, you make healthy choices. Each client is assigned a Life-Purpose coach to help them refocus their energy and efforts into positive, sober pursuits.

Research into college drinking has shown that students whose parents discussed drug and alcohol use with them are less likely to drink or be tempted to binge drink when they did drink. Establishing the dangers and consequences with your student before they head back to campus may help deter them from the partying lifestyle once they get settled into the dorms. However, if your student is struggling, or the academic, health, or legal consequences have already set in, now is the time to call Legacy Freedom.

Call or click today to connect with a care team member. All inquiries are confidential and the help you need to overcome your addiction is waiting for you.


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