Will Drinking Alcohol Negatively Affect My Grades?
Alcohol consumption in college is often a way of life for many students. However, the partying and socializing with excessive drinking has its drawbacks. The serious negative impact is on the student's health and education. Binge drinking, for example, is a common problem in most American colleges. This form of drinking involves consuming five or more drinks in a row within two hours for men, and four or more within two hours for women. Failing grades is often the first sign that drinking is becoming a problem. There are noticeable effects on your memory, which can drastically impact your first year of college. Excessive alcohol use also causes you to lose sleep, which results in more difficulty studying and retaining information. Unfortunately, some students rely heavily on study drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin.
There is also the risk of alcohol poisoning, which is common among those who do not drink and start to drink excessively while in college. Excessive alcohol causes you to blackout and lose partial memory, and acute alcohol poisoning can be fatal. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, close to 600,000 students are injured due to alcohol abuse. Around 2000 college students between 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related causes. A study done by Harvard University estimated that around 10% of women in college who binge drink report being sexually assaulted. Among the physical and psychological dangers, drinking alcohol affects how you relate to others. People who struggle to fit in socially can also struggle with their academics, because of the pressure they place on themselves to fit in. Alcohol becomes a solution for some students to be part of the crowd they are trying to fit in with.
A combination of failing grades because of your alcohol use can result in you feeling guilt and shame. This creates anger and negative emotions realizing you are allowing this to happen. It is at this point where some students continue to abuse alcohol, and others reach out for help. Campus resources are often extensive, and this includes people you can talk to, and treatment resources to contact. If you feel your alcohol use is impacting your academic performance, this would be the time to reach out for help. If you choose not to get help, you are risking more than your own health and well-being. Every school year, there are students who are charged with alcohol-related offenses. These charges do stick with you and do come up during job interviews.