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The Freedom to be Intoxicated: Drinking in college is expected, but is it leading to a dangerous future?

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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), about four out of five college students drink alcohol. About half of college students who drink, also consume alcohol through binge drinking. A variety of negative consequences each year result from college drinking.

NIAAA states that 1,825 students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.

More than 97,000 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape. About 25% report academic consequences of their drinking such as missing class and receiving lower grades.

On Wed. April 17 COD’s Counseling Services held a, “College Students & Alcohol: Myths, Facts, and Decision-Making” workshop. Retired Human Services professor who worked at the college for 24 years, Frank Salvatini discussed the myths and facts about addiction, what addiction really is, and what the early stages of compulsive drinking are.

“When students come from over-controlling places and go to college, they tend to abuse alcohol,” commented Salvatini when asked why he thinks college students excessively drink.

“Intoxication is associated with freedom. But really it’s the opposite of freedom,” he added.

The U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health claim that college students and binge drinking has become a major public health problem.

What do you think about college students and drinking/drugs? Do you have a story to tell? Email features@cod.edu.

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Rosalie DeAstis

Rosalie DeAstis is a freshman at the college and going for a degree in marketing. She graduated from Addison Trail High School in Addison, Illinois in June 2012. Rosalie was the columnist and Co-features editor of her high school paper during her junior year. Senior year she earned the spot of Managing Editor and remained the columnist as well. She was a cheerleader all through high school but is now just focusing on her two jobs. Aside from her new position on the Courier she has been working for Claire’s/Icing accessory stores for almost two years. Rosalie also enjoys drawing, hot yoga, and spending time with her big, Italian family. features@cod.edu 630-942-2713

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