Contrast essay 5
Fightingalcohol drinking in colleges
Accordingto many articles, there has been an increase in the number ofstudents taking alcohol in colleges. The drinking habit poses risksto both the students and the communities at large. The drinking habitresults to an increase in the number of accidents. The increase inthe number of accidents, further, results to loss of lives. Manyarticles have suggested alternative ways of controlling the drinkingsince stopping the habit is not possible. The aim of this essay is toshow the differences in the suggestions on how to deal with collegedrinking problems.
Accordingto Ralph, even though there are attempts to discourage underagedrinking, many college students still consume a lot of alcohol. Theresults of their drinking habits include accidents, hangovers,regrets, truancy and dismal performance in class work, lack ofself-control, students engaging in unprotected sex, destruction ofproperties, and even troubles with law enforcers. In trying to dealwith alcohol consumption in colleges, Ralph advocates for laws thatpropose that the drinking age to be set at 21 years. Ralph arguesthat these laws should be enacted and actively enforced (Ralph, nd).These laws should also be backed up by zero tolerance statutes sothat it becomes hard for people younger than 21 years to drive whilehaving a certain amount of alcohol in their blood.
Forthe law to be enforced effectively, different players have to takepart. Ralph further suggests that there should be an increasedenforcement of drinking age regulations right from the communitylevel, so as to reduce the level of access of alcohol by the youths.Therefore, anybody founds selling alcohol to minors should faceserious penalties. There is a need for comprehensive communitymeasures by government officials, volunteers and institutions to worktogether in the fight against underage drinking. Also, Ralph suggeststhat there is a need for interventions that promote behavior changeof drinkers, treatment programs, as well as other environmental planslike school codes of conduct, dormitory rules, and regulating alcoholuse at social events. However, for such programs to be effective,college heads will have to work hand in hand with local cityofficials and state official. The students must also take part in thecampaign against intake of alcohol by students. Student leaders needto take drastic measures to educate their peers on the dangers andconsequences of taking alcohol in school.
NaomiShavin, however, argues that every college should have a bar so thatstudents can buy their drinks within the school compound. She arguesthat if a bar is within the campus, the number of students losingtheir lives or facing drunken related issues would reduce. She goesahead to argue that the drinks from within the school will have fewerstudents being candidates of spiking and drugging thus, reducingcases of sexual harassments in campus. Also, having a bar within thecampus will prevent students from dying of alcohol poisoning as theywill be closer to hospitals located within the school compound.
Accordingto Naomi (2014), most of the bars outside the colleges use discountsas a means to lure students into drinking. Therefore, having the barsat the school would make the drinks unaffordable and no student willbe lured into taking alcohol. Since students like to party, they arelikely to go outside the compound where they will mix differentdrinks, which is very costly. However, when the bars exist within thecampus, the students will rent the space and save money in theprocess. Naomi (2014) also suggests that the schools with campus barcan easily monitor their students’ drinking habit and come up witha more effective education program on alcohol.
Inconclusion, it is quite clear that the two articles try to offer waysof dealing with drinking related problems among college students.However, suggestions by Ralph of enacting and enforcing serious lawsfor drinking age seem to be more effective as opposed to having thebars in school.
Naomi,S. (2014, December 16). How to Curb Binge Drinking at U.S. Colleges:Sell Alcohol on Campus. TheNew York Times. RetrievedFromhttps://newrepublic.com/article/120576/college-binge-drinking-need
Ralph,W. H. (nd). College-Age Drinking problems.