Binge Drinking and Young People Term Paper by Nicky

A review of the research on binge drinking and its effects on young people.
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The paper reviews the literature concerning binge drinking in general and its impact on young people in particular. The paper finds that binge drinking causes a wide range of dangers for young people and is very prevalent among college students. The paper also looks at a study on the application of social bond theory to help explain this persistent prevalence among young people, but concludes that there remains a need for determining the best way to help these young people avoid the adverse outcomes that are known to be associated with binge drinking. The paper includes source material.

Review and Discussion

From the Paper:

"By way of emphasizing the need, Durkin and his colleagues also cite the results of research that indicate almost half of college students had engaged in binge drinking episodes during the previous 2-week period, and cite demographic variables that appear to contribute to the tendency to engage in binge drinking including the finding that fraternity members have a higher rate of binge drinking than other students, males binge drink more than their female counterparts, and white students binge drink more frequently than other racial groups. To explain these prevalence rates, Durkin et al. applied the constructs of social bonding theory to binge drinking practices among college students in the United States and found that young people who enjoyed higher levels of attachment with their families and the larger college community, higher levels of affiliation with religious institutions and a commitment to academic values were less likely to engage in binge drinking practices. In an effort to expand their application of social bond theory to binge drinking practices among college student, Durkin and his associates also include the results of studies that did not use this theory but contained measures which corresponded to the variables involved in a social bond theory application. The results of these analyses also found that students who maintained higher levels of religious affiliation were much less likely to engage in binge drinking practices as well as a correlation between a commitment to academic values and the likelihood of young people being binge drinkers."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chaloupka, Frank J. and Henry Wechsler. 1996, "Binge Drinking in College: The Impact of Price, Availability, and Alcohol Control Policies." Contemporary Economic Policy 14(4): 112-118.
  • Crockett, Lisa J. and Ann C. Crouter. 1999, Pathways through Adolescence: Individual Development in Relation to Social Contexts. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Durkin, Keith F., Timothy W. Wolfe and Gregory Clark. 1999, "Social Bond Theory and Binge Drinking among College Students: A Multivariate Analysis." College Student Journal 33(3): 450.
  • Hensley, Laura G. 2001, "College Student Binge Drinking: Implications for a Constructivist Approach to College Counseling." Journal of College Counseling 4(2): 100-101.
  • Reifman, Alan. 2003, "Dying to Drink: Confronting Binge Drinking on College Campuses." Journal of Studies on Alcohol 64(6): 893.

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