Alcohol is a drug, but unlike the other drug , marijuana,
cocaine, heroine, and probably all the others for some
reason this is socially accepted and is legal. Alcohol is bad
for you and does have long term affects associated with it.

Such as the long addiction to it, effects on the body, and
the social interaction effects. Alcohol, and alcoholism is
common in America, but drinking is more common around
kids. Social drinking a term kids and drinkers have come
accustom to, social drinking is defined by one standard
drink per hour, and no more than 3 per day, but some
people just socialize around people that drink as heavily as
they do and confuse that for social drinking. Addiction to
alcohol can be acquired easily if not careful, binge drinking
and family history are all keys in the identification of
addiction. Family history could be linked to alcoholism by
finding out if your family had problems in the past with
alcohol, and it is determined by studies that genes have
effects on alcohol. Alcohol is a drug, but legal unlike the
other drugs on the street, in my opinion drugs are all
harmful to the body, and can have serious problems to you
in the long run. Alcohol can effect the body in multiple
ways. The tranquilizing effects of being drunk, acts like a
stimulate, but is a depressant, and causes the brain to lower
self control, and impairs vision, other senses and effects
bodily coordination. This tranquilizing effect is effected by
the consumption or other wise intake of alcohol has serious
effects on the liver, the heart, and the brain. The alcohol
consumption effects all these and have an overall
personality change when signs of alcoholism begin. Alcohol
overall has a detrimental effect over the body and the mind.

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I do believe alcohol is a drug and like other drugs which
are not legalized in the U.S. it is still really bad for you.

Also from alcohol a big risk is in evolved with drunk
driving, and getting alcohol poisoning. Both of these
possible consequences are a big factor when someone
drinks irresponsibly, Drunk driving accidents, and deaths
happen to much to not notice and to know that drinking is a
big cause of deaths in the year. Alcohol poisoning has a
greater chance of killing you because the effects are the
usual drunken depressant effects but it slowly gets worse as
you slip into coma, and if not taken care of die. Social
drinking and effects one can have on someones personality
is usually a drastic change. From this I mean I can speak
from experience, one of my friends is an alcoholic from my
perspective every chance he gets he drinks and if that is
compromised his personality does somersaults, and
changes into a mean self centered alcoholic, but anytime
hes not drunk he seems normal but close interaction would
prove to be that he has a personality problem, and a severe
attitude. What I am trying to say is that my friend is my
friend and hes been through concealing, and (AA) classes
and still he struggles to be intoxicated every chance he gets,
but hes still my friend and I think if I was true friend I
would help and stop him from drinking but if I do I just get
shunned as he looks at me in discaust. Alcohol is in no
means a good drug. From what I know and have
experienced alcohol is just an open window for a long life
of problems and difficulties, and just make growing up
harder. It leaves the body sespetiblle to self infliction by
screwing up the only bodily organs you have in life and why
someone would want to risk there chances of death, and
life long hardship is beyond me. Alcohol is a drug and as
now is legal in the U.S. and if that changes it will in my
opinion advance our society mentally and make us
stronger, and the body, and mind already suffer as it is in
our society, but to put added pressure and infliction on
them is not a wise decision.


It has been stated in each research source that hazing and particularly binge drinking is the most serious problem affecting social life, academic life, and health on college campuses today. The journal article pertaining to this issue, How Harvards College Alcohol Study Can Help Your Campus Design a Campaign Against Student Alcohol Abuse (CAS: Campus Alcohol Study for short), focuses more heavily on binge drinking and prevention than it does on the Greek system itself. The authors, Wechsler, Nelson, and Weitzman, contend that binge drinking is a nationally recognized problem but has not been studied efficiently enough to warrant effective prevention plans. The purpose of this article is to share with the public the results of a survey representing 50,000 students in 140 colleges, in 39 states. This is the first nationally representative survey of its kind and the analysis of its outcome by the authors of this article has resulted in seemingly sound prevention ideas. To begin interpreting the binge drinking phenomenon, a solid understanding of the term must be presented. Binge drinking is defined by all the articles as consuming five or more drinks in rapid succession (four or more for women) at least once in a two week period. Shockingly, the College Alcohol Study (CAS) found that two out of every five college students binge drink. The authors of this article argue that binge drinking has negative effects not only on the drinkers, but also on the entire student body. The binge drinker might get alcohol poisoning, other related physical injuries, or weakened academic performance, while the non-binging students are subjected to insults, arguments, vandalism, physical and sexual assaults, and loss of sleep due to alcohol influenced peers. The next topic that the article gets into is the different areas that change need be made to lessen the presence of binge drinking and ways in which these changes might be made. The first idea presented is that simply educating students about alcohol abuse and related problems is not effective. The CAS shows that four out of five students have been exposed to anti-alcohol education and still two out of these five binge drink, let alone drink at all. In fact, Wechsler, Nelosn, and Weitzman state that most members of predominant binge drinking groups like athletes and Greek organizations openly admit to being educated in this area. These findings display how ineffective alcohol education on college campuses is. After eliciting what not to do, the Wechsler, Nelosn, and Weitzman show the reader what the simple numbers from the CAS suggest be done. First they explain that the college administration has to realize that they have a lot more student support in the fight against binge drinking than they think. The CAS results showed that more than half of all college students favor more college intervention. This idea leads into the authors next one, which is the whole idea of marginalizing the serious drinkers. Serious binge drinkers are not aware of their problem and are usually very loud and vocal when protesting anti-drinking policies. These hardcore bingers however, only represent a small percent of all drinkers and an even smaller percent of the student body. The authors suggest that steps be taken to marginalize this small group of heavy drinkers by reversing some misleading policies. Presently alcohol-free dorms are available upon request by students. Wechsler, Nelosn, and Weitzman believe that the alcohol consuming students should have to request separate dorms, not the other way around. The current method creates the illusion that most students consume alcohol and tend to quiet potential anti-alcohol advocates. Lastly, the fact that alcohol is cheap, plentiful and easy to get in college towns creates great appeal to college students. For less than five dollars (half the price of one movie ticket) under age students can purchase enough alcohol to drink themselves silly. In the past, colleges have fought a battle against fake IDs, but now the CAS says that only one in five underage drinkers use and phony ID. The method of choice is to get beer and liquor from older students. One third of older students have been asked by underage students to provide them with alcohol, and almost all complied. This is one


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