SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – College campuses across the nation are teaching student’s alcohol safety. 22News takes a look at how campuses in WMass are handling binge drinking.
Binge drinking is drinking alcohol in excessive amounts over a short period of time. The point is to become intoxicated quickly but it can have dangerous consequences, which is why college campuses are trying to get ahead of the problem.
American International College has a peer model approach to make students feel more comfortable talking to student resident advisors. Western New England University gives seminars to incoming freshmen.
Some of their students say drinking education can be beneficial for students. Adam Lundberg, a WNEU student, said, “I think they’d take it seriously if no one found out what they were doing or where they were going to get help.”
Others say students won’t take these programs seriously. Kenya Jenkins, a WNEU student, said, “People know what can happen when you drink, what you shouldn’t do, like you shouldn’t drive; so I feel like people wouldn’t really take it seriously.”
However, colleges are working to make students take binge drinking seriously. Binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning and cause damage to your liver, but at the same time it also causes other dangers for students.
Excessive drinking has been partially to blame for many sexual assault cases on college campuses nationwide. College advisors want students to know that the perception that everyone drinks is not true.
According to Alexander Cross, an AIC campus coordinator, “They think that everyone on their floor is drinking or everyone in their building is drinking and that’s really just not the case. We do have a lot of students that choose not to drink or choose to drink more respectfully and I think that’s a big surprise for students.”
Cross hopes getting that message out eases the pressure for students to drink.