Individuals who begin binge drinking at an early age may not only become dependent on alcohol, but may also shorten their lifespan over time. College students are often some of the most reckless people when it comes to alcohol, and many campuses across the country are struggling to control the issue.
Dafna Kanny, a senior specialist of the alcohol program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says that approximately 1,700 college students die from alcohol-related accidents every year, according to The Battalion. Texas A&M is one example of a school that is seeing an increase in students binge drinking.
Anna Williams, the interim program coordinator of alcohol and drug education programs at Texas A&M, told the news source that she meets many students who grapple with binge drinking. However, she only considers a small percentage of them to be alcoholics. A majority of the individuals can be categorized as substance abusers.
Binge drinkers are 14 times more likely to report alcohol-impaired driving than regular drinkers, according to the CDC. Rehabilitation facilities and drug rehab programs can help individuals who have become dependent on alcohol.