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Reflection Penn State Student Drinking Behavior

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Reflection - Penn State Student Drinking Behavior

The first two observations I made about the survey data were that college age drinking habits have not changed from year to year in a drastic way and students still tend to experience drinking and partying early in their college studies.

About age 18 to 19 students transition from high school to this huge opportunity to be out from under the parental “house rules” for the first time in their lives. According to the Pulse survey, 83% of the 1,174 respondents were between the ages of 18 to 20 and 68.7% admitting to light to moderate drinking. These data points are not surprising to me. I think back to my initial college years and my ...view middle of the document...

5%), had study or sleep interrupted (55.7%), and have been insulted or humiliated (32.1%). All three of which I have experienced when I was the same age. The worst was all due to a boyfriend (that I ended up married to for 15 years) that I would have helped in any situation and can sadly say there were many. ‘Babysitting’ was the prominent theme when he would drink but he was also the cause of the other two indirect consequences happening in my life, too.

To share one story, we were out socializing at a friend’s house near the University campus. I was 19 years old and he had turned 21. Around the kitchen table playing cards, my boyfriend decided that we would take our drinking card game from beer to shots of tequila. So about 5 shots and 45 minutes later he was on all fours in the back yard, sick to his stomach. This came as no surprise, and the word ‘idiot’ went through my mind in a rapid fire fashion. I was babysitting a drunk. He was about 50 pounds heavier than me and much taller, but I was able to walk him to the car, somehow physically seat him in the car and drove to my parent’s house to get him help. Needless to say, I was fuming mad about the whole situation of him being irresponsible.

To put this into perspective, at 6 feet 2 inches tall and around 180 pounds back at that age, on top of the beer that he had consumed earlier in that evening he compounded 5 shot glasses (7.5 ounces) of tequila in under an hour. Looking at our lesson material, the blood alcohol content (BAC) for men at 3 drinks per every 1 hour is 0.05. In the case of my boyfriend, the behavior he exhibited from the consumption of the tequila shots alone placed him at in the .25 to .30 BAC that night. ...

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