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Effects of Binge Drinking on College Students; Review of &Ldquo;college Student Binge Drinking and Academic Achievement: A Longitudinal Replication and Extension”

In this article it dives into the depths of the binge drinking problem that resides in our students college life. A review and response of the article published in the Journal of College Student Development.

The research from the article “College Student Binge Drinking and Academic Achievement: A longitudinal Replication and Extension” by the authors of Ernest T. Pascarella, Gina Tagliapietra-Nicoli, Kathleen M. Goodman, Sueuk Park, Tricia A. Seifert, and Elizabeth J Whitt, published in the Journal of College Student Development in December 2007 showed many interesting results of the effects of binge drinking on college students. Some of which were, that students who binge drink more than others have a significantly lower grade point average, the effects of binge drinking are generally the same for all different kinds of people, and negative effects take place in student’s lives by the second semester of a students first year in college from binge drinking. Research has showed that negative effects on the student’s life can affect early on because of binge drinking would also depend on the time spent preparing for class. Preparation times had a net positive effect and the binge drinking was clearly seen through these preparation times by the second semester in the student’s first year.

Another point the research show is that students who binge drink will show a significantly lower grade point average. In a study, 53.9% of first-year students and 62.7% of seniors were at risk for lower grade point averages because of binge drinking. This shows that while binge drinking increases, grades will continue to be decreasing.

            The final thing this study shows is that the effects of binge drinking affects everybody, regardless of many differences. On the survey, there were a vast range of questions that ranged from the student’s sex, race, and academic preparation like the ACT scores. The differences between different groups of people were so noticeably minor they were not noteworthy. In the study, they concluded that the negative effects of binge drinking were similar to men and women, Caucasian and colored students, and to all students that had a vast range of pre-college preparation.

     I feel as though this study was extremely beneficial for all ranges of people with a variety of education. This is beneficial to scientists and researchers that could see something in grade point averages as a whole lowering in the nation as well as to high school students getting ready to attend college. This opened my own eyes after reading this study because next year I will be in a similar college experience. I now know how alcohol can really inhibit my academic performance that I really do not want to put into detriment. Also, this study relates to me because I have many friends who are currently in college and I would estimate that they spend 80% of their time partying and 20% studying. There have been many extremely intelligent people to go through the years of school caught up in the party life. College is not getting any cheaper, so in order to take advantage of your education and get the most out of your resume, this study would conclude to be wary of your binge drinking episodes. It is not asking you to give up your social life, but at what cost do you give up your education for your social life?

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