Many college students binge drink without realizing

A new found freedom of alcohol on campus can lead some students down a dangerous path

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Many colleges students in western Massachusetts will be spending their first weekend on campus and that could mean a couple of parties are on the agenda.

By the time many students reach college, they’ve already had their first drink, but a new found freedom of alcohol on campus can lead some students down a dangerous path.

Most school administrators are aware of the drinking scene.  In some cases, students binge drink during the first few weeks of college, by accident.

“Is it a pattern, is it a one time thing, is it someone who didn’t know what they were doing. A lot of students who are new to drinking, they don’t realize how much they’re drinking. They don’t know that a shot is equivalent to a beer and that kind of thing,” Lore Detenber told 22News.

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse says about 4 out of 5 college students drink alcohol, and half of the students who drink in college, binge drink.

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