Causes of College Drinking

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In many of the colleges and universities in the United States today, there are a huge amount of students who drink. Drinking has become normal inside every college. According to the Core Institute, the United States' largest national statistics database on alcohol and drug use by college students, nearly 73% of the students drink at least occasionally. Perhaps, drinking is a part of the weekends activities for most of the collage students. However, binge drinking can cause serious consequences. According to the report released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it is estimated that 1700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries. Are the alcohol problems caused by discounted drinks near the campus only? Or there are too many campus restrictions and kids are not taught drinking responsibly? The above reasons suggested by Mindy Sink in the essay "Drinking Deaths Draw Attention to Old Campus Problem" are all correct.

However, there are many other crucial and decisive causes related to the problem of drinking in colleges and universities.

First of all, one of the most significant cause is curiosity. In Mindy Sink's essay, Lynn G. Bailey and Samantha Spady, aged 18 and 19 respectively, died of alcohol poisoning. Both of them are teenagers. Why these incidents happen much more often to teenagers than to adult? The reason is simple: Immature teenagers are curious about new things because they want to do things they have never tried before. Once they started consuming alcohol, their curiosity drives them further. The more they drink, the bigger the curiosity grows. They then try to test the limit of their physical bodies and ability. They want to know how much they can drink. Unfortunately, it is too late when they reach their...