Reading List

“College Drinking.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. U.S Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 05 Oct. 2015.

This online source, published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, discusses the problems associated with college drinking. Almost 600,000 students are unintentionally injured while under the influence of alcohol every year. Accidents aside, this source points out that “more than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem.” About one in a hundred students have tried to commit suicide in the past year due to either drinking or drug use. This source is a quick, data-dense read that provides insight into problems caused by alcohol. If you want some more information, there are several other pages within the website to explore that talk about the consequences of alcohol abuse for various groups of people.
 

Liguori, Gary, and Barb Lonbaken. “Alcohol Consumption and Academic Retention in First- Year College Students.” College Student Journal 49.1 (2015): 69-77. Academic Search Complete. Web. 5 Oct. 2015.

While this source is a scholarly, peer-reviewed article, it is still a relatively easy read that provides insightful links between alcohol consumption and academic retention in first year students. In other words, does drinking cause freshman to drop out of college? This excerpt from the College Student Journal provides plenty of references along with a well- written explanation of the experimental methods that the authors used. To conduct the study, 820 students, about 60% of whom were freshman, were surveyed and asked to complete a self-assessment several times throughout the fall semester. Students who drank were more than two times as likely to drop out of college after their first year. Take  a look at the discussion section of the report to get an idea of what the other conclusions from the study were.
 

McMullen, Laura. “Your Brain on Booze.” U.S News and World Report. U.S News and World Report LP, 11 Mar. 2014. Web. 26 Sept. 2015.

This article informs you about blood alcohol content and the science behind what   happens to your brain when you get drunk. McMullen takes advantage of the fact that she is communicating on an online platform. For example, several hyperlinks are provided throughout the text if you’re interested in exploring something discussed or just simply needs clarification on an unfamiliar bit of vocabulary. The personal, friendly tone of this article makes it easy to read and interpret. The “science” part is also very easily understandable; the author uses examples to make her point clear. This is a great quick read if you want to learn what happens to your body and brain when you get drunk.
 

Silverman, Ellie. “Nearly One in Five Underage Maryland College Students Have Alcohol Problems.” The Diamondback. The University of Maryland, 15 Nov. 2015. Web. 19 Sept. 2015

The University of Maryland student-run newspaper, The Diamondback, posted this online article about two years ago. The information is definitely still relevant though. It talks about alcohol-related problems experienced by students on campus. College students drink more alcohol than young adults of the same age who are not in school. Both the Vice President of Student Affairs and the University Police Chief explained that they are more concerned with encouraging responsible drinking, even for the underage students, than restricting it entirely. School officials recognize and accept the fact that nearly all of you drink, regardless of your age. For the article, the author interviewed  several students and faculty at the college to provide an accurate perspective on a local problem.

 

Singleton, Royce A., and Amy R. Wolfson. “Alcohol Consumption, Sleep, and Academic Performance among College Students.” Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs J. Stud. Alcohol Drugs 70.3 (2009): 355-63. Academic Search Premier [EBSCO]. Web. 3 Oct. 2015.

This excerpt from a scholarly academic journal links alcohol consumption with sleep deprivation in college students. It argues that it is the combination of these two things that typically make drinking a detriment to students’ grades; alcohol consumption alone is usually not enough to stain your academic performance. The authors, Singleton and Wolfson, claim that obtaining sound data on college drinking is difficult because most undergraduate students are underage and therefore cannot legally drink. As a result, it is unethical and illegal to have them participate in direct studies. This is why the study is focused more on the lifestyle of students who participate in drinking-related activities. If you want to get straight to the point when reading this, focus on the abstract and the discussion section of the article.

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