These people are at a critical point in their lives, often making transitions to different lifestyles such as living on their own or attending college. The freedom from parental control and the increased availability may lead to the beginning or rise of drug and alcohol abuse. A young person experiences sudden body changes, mood changes, and feelings of anxiety. When our child enters into teenage, he/she gets easily influenced by his peer group. During this period, they are very vulnerable to danger and self-destruction.
They cultivate bad habits and could get addicted to alcohol, tobacco, and other habitual forming drugs. Higher educational attainment in adults aged 18 to 49 is associated with lower rates of substance use suggesting that young adults who attend college may be at lower risk than those who do not attend college, particularly those who have not completed high school. The major cause of morbidity and mortality is excessive alcohol consumption. Problem drinking and related consequences are a major social issue plaguing college campuses across the United States.
Each year, alcohol is responsible for fatalities, assaults, serious injuries, and arrests that occur among college students. Health and social problems caused due to undue drinking of alcohol lead to 75000 fatalities and $184 billion in overall economic costs in the United States annually (Toben 441). However, living with parents or on their own could influence parental control and the availability of substances may also be an important factor. A study found that residential colleges tend to have higher incidences of binge drinking than commuter schools, and that residence in a fraternity is a strong predictor of binge drinking.
To safeguard the health interest of young people legal age for drinking has been made 21. But, still, legal policies are failed to protect the young generation from the devastating effects of alcohol consumption. The developmental milestones like brain and mind progress get hampered. The rise in binge drinking episodes in the age group of 18-20 should serve as a call to action for parents, educators, and lawmakers. The emphasis should be given to moderate consumption of alcohol which is psychologically beneficial rather than complete prohibition.