With the recent death of an MSU student in an accidental overdose and the hospitalization of a close friend who drank too much on his 21st birthday, I have been heavily reflecting on why college students continue to over do it.
College binge drinking is an epidemic. While some students choose other ways to spend their free time, a majority of students are heading to the bar, a frat or a friend’s house for some binge drinking, which is technically 5 drinks or more. I am not going say that I don’t participate in some partying on the weekends, but there is a time, a place, and a limit. When a student doesn’t know their limit, serious problems are on the horizon.[kill]
Time and time again, there are deaths, hospitalizations, assaults, and several unfortunate events that occur when students do not know there limit. And let’s face it nothing really great ever occurs when you are drinking. Have you ever stopped to think that your future employer could be sitting across the bar watching you? How embarrassing. Or your family, I don’t know about you, but the few times my parents have seen me smashed, I felt like a total moron for the next month whenever I had to face them. Additionally, I may look cute to another drunk, but do you really think you are going to find a quality prospect for a partner at a East Lansing bar. It’s possible, but probably not. Trust me, you don’t look that hot after 8 cocktails.
And what’s with the 21 shots on your 21st birthday? Twenty-one shots of alcohol can kill you. This birthday celebration is more like playing Russian roulette. The body can only digest .01 on the BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) level every forty minutes. One drink is .02. Do the math; the 21 shots might digest 2 days later. Don’t play roulette with your fragile body, you only get one so take care of it.
To give some sense of the scope of college drinking, 12 million undergraduates drink 4 billion cans of beer a year according to a study done by Harvard School of Public Health. It’s sad, that this study may be underestimating the magnitude of college drinking. College students have been educated about binge drinking, but obviously education isn’t enough. If the death of a peer isn’t enough then I don’t know what is.
Although a lot of the action in East Lansing might seem like it has to do with drinking, there are fun and healthier activities to partake in. Switch things up a bit; try going to the movies or spending your bar money on a really nice dinner out with friends. Have you seen how many cute singles hang out at Beaners or Starbucks on a Friday night?
If you do choose to travel to the bar for some cocktails, drink responsibly. Use common sense, know your limits and travel with friends that you trust. I would hate to see an MSU student’s irresponsible actions turn into another tragedy.

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