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ERIC Number: EJ792547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6405
Campus Buzz: How Alcohol Impairs America's Judgment of Higher Education
Busteed, Brandon
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v19 n1 p15-17 Sum 2004
According to this author, the single greatest threat to the public trust in higher education is alcohol. Specifically, it is high-risk drinking among college students and the lack of engagement by those who can help solve the problem. He contends that, for too many students, college is no longer about preparing for leadership roles and productive service to society, business and science, but rather about taking a vacation from the real world. Legions of binge-drinking graduates are leaving college as ill-prepared citizens feeling no more responsible for their contributions to democracy than they do for their inappropriate, excessive use of alcohol. A recent study by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has documented 1,400 student deaths, 600,000 physical assaults, and 70,000 sexual assaults per year among college students due to alcohol. Just as important, a majority of non-partying students report negative effects on their academic performance from alcohol-related behaviors ranging from vandalism and assault to significant loss of sleep and study time due to noisy, drunken roommates. Yet despite all this, many adults in positions of authority have not bothered to act. Furthermore, various studies show that alcohol impairs academic performance and that students who binge drink have lower grades than those who do not. The author states that the same social forces and trends that have created this social epidemic need to be used to change it, and that educators and administrators need to begin holding themselves accountable for the measurement of progress on their campuses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A