Your first year at a university is probably one of the most exciting times of your life. Instead of having to obey the rules of your teachers and parents, you are now an adult, and you are on your own. During this milestone year, you might be looking forward to making new friends, attending parties and going to sports events, in addition to studying for your career. However, you and other college students in Wisconsin also need to understand the risks of college drinking.
Social drinking is often seen as a rite of passage in college, especially for those in their freshman year. You might face pressure to binge drink – meaning, to drink in excess. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking, underage drinking and many activities involving alcohol on campus can be dangerous and leave you susceptible to criminal charges. Thousands of college students every year report being physically or sexually assaulted by a fellow student who had drank too much. Thousands more were injured or killed in alcohol-related incidents, including drunk driving.
If you get into the habit of drinking too much while you are in college, your grades may begin to suffer. If you are faced with a criminal charge, such as underage drinking or drunk driving, you might find yourself suspended from your athletic team or expelled from school. Fortunately, you can still have fun and enjoy alcohol while you are attending college, but you will need to set limits for yourself and drink responsibly. You should understand that this blog is for informational purposes only and should not substitute for legal advice.