Read the illustration essay titled, “Binge Drinking, A Campus Killer,” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely.( Attached file). After reading this essay, and locate a full text document about binge drinking( another attached file). Find one short (one or two sentences) direct quote from the article that you would like to use in a full paragraph response to any of the following questions. Be sure to use signal phrases and the APA formatting techniques illustrated in the video lesson when incorporating your direct quote into your paragraph. APA formatting for in-text citations is also discussed on pp. 433-434.( attached file) Here are some questions to help you draft your paragraph:
What is binge drinking? What harmful effects are associated with binge drinking? Is binge drinking a problem? How big of a problem is binge drinking? What types of people binge drink? Why do people binge drink? Is binge drinking just a short phase in life for most and so should not warrant critical attention?
Make sure to use good writing form. This includes writing a topic sentence, supporting details, the direct quote, which needs to be formatting according to APA standards, and a conclusion sentence. Please remember that APA standards require all assignments to be double-spaced. Please do not manually double-space your work.
A variety of factors seem to affect the rate of binge drinking and the problems associated with it on various campuses across the United States. One seemingly strong factor affecting the rate of binge drinkers found on college campuses, however, is a student’s living arrangement. Harvard study researchers, Henry Wechsler and Toben Nelson (2008) reported, “Students living off campus away from their parents and students living in fraternity or sorority houses had the highest rates of binge drinking” (p. 5). Due to such high levels of excessive student drinking, it may become important to impose higher standards of governance of student drinking in off-campus buildings, sorority houses, and fraternity houses. For example, possibly after facing three infractions, stricter rules involving the revocation of charters of sorority or fraternity houses should be instituted. Another way to address this problem also might be to require students to live on-campus for at least two years while attending college. Yet another solution might involve financial incentives. For example, universities might find a way to provide monetary incentives for those students who elect to live on-campus for longer. Exploring viable ways of protecting students from the harsh effects of binge drinking can only work to enhance students’ lives and the academic institutions themselves.
Wechsler, H., & Nelson, T. F. (2008). What We Have Learned From the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study: Focusing Attention on College Student Alcohol Consumption and the Environmental Conditions That Promote It. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 69(4), 481-490.