Amy and I had what you might call a very healthy relationship, and we understood each other quite well, except when it came to her drinking. I thought I could change that part of her; perhaps, I should have done more, I just never saw her alcoholism escalating to her actually losing her life. I wondered so many times that her drinking became so bad that she was always surrounded by empty alcohol bottles.
One thing I do regret is enabling her drinking habit by not taking action or intervening at the right time. I now know that the best time to intervene when a loved one has a drinking problem is today or never.
It took a while for me to realize how and where Amy developed an alcohol addiction. A close friend of hers, who was more informed about her college drinking days than I was, told me about the genesis of her drinking how it stuck with her even after she graduated from college.
Alcohol on college campuses is a major problem, and a significant number of students indulge in binge drinking socially along with underage drinking in college. Naturally, people do a lot of experimenting in their college years, and binge drinking in college is one of the most popular vices.
Why Do College Students Drink?
Heavy drinking in colleges is largely prompted by peer pressure and the vastly festive social environment. Binge drinking on campuses is most strongly influenced by the ease of access to alcohol with little or no regulation in its distribution. This college problem has defied solutions for years, and even non-drinkers are greatly affected by the negative effect caused by alcohol intoxication such as assault, violence, criminal activities, and others.
I decided to do my own personal research on the rate of drinking in college, and this gave me a better insight into how Amy got entangled with an alcohol problem in the first place. I was particularly curious about what percentage of college students drink, as this A would enable me to understand if it could have been avoided in the first place. A report I found on college drinking statistics showed that about 20% of students in college meet all the criteria of an alcohol use disorder (AUD). At least 60% of students aged 18 to 22 admitted to engaging in drinking in the previous month, and of this population, 2 in every 3 students engaged in heavy drinking. On the tragic side, a little below two thousand students aged 18 to 24 die from alcohol-related injuries yearly. This information hit me differently because I could relate to it on a personal level, I had lost the woman I loved to alcoholism, and this was how she would be remembered in years to come.
Alcohol and college students are a mix for disaster as about 700,000 students within the age of 18 to 24 are assaulted yearly by another student who had been binge drinking. Another ratio of college alcoholic is individuals who are already heavy drinkers before they got accepted into college. The percent of college students who drink may continue to increase because of drinkers who influence their peers to take up drinking at every social gathering.
As my curiosity grew, my research took me deeper into the world of alcoholism. I found out what percentage of Americans drink alcohol and how much drinking is excessive or moderate. In some cases, a Drunk college student who may be battling mental instabilities, anxieties, depression, and other underlying issues may be at risk of committing suicide. Any way you look at it, self-harm is always in the cards for a person who indulged in excessive drinking.
My findings on college drinks and how it connected to the origin of my deceased girlfriend’s alcohol problem gave me sleepless nights as I always thought the drinking was just a phase and would disappear with time, just as it came, but it never did. I never got the chance to help Amy battle her addiction, even though she never actually admitted to having one. The signs were clear, and the clues were everywhere, I definitely could have convinced her to get help if I had put more effort into it. I want everyone to read this and understand that today is a gift, and you can change the life of your loved one who may be battling with alcohol addiction by simply reaching out or helping them find professional help.