Long-term consequences of drinking in college
Why hiring a criminal defense lawyer can save you years of headaches.
The numbers are staggering. Of college students between the ages of 18 and 24, about 25 percent report academic consequences of drinking, 599,000 students receive unintentional injuries, and 825 college students die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.
You might think your kid is above this behavior. Or maybe you, like so many parents, subscribe to the “kids will be kids” argument. The harsh reality is that continuous binge drinking in college can have long-term consequences.
In addition to injuries that may result from drunken fights and clumsy accidents, binge drinking itself can lead to some serious health complications. Blackouts, alcohol poisoning, immune deficiencies, and liver problems are just a few consequences that a college student may suffer if they frequently abuse alcohol.
Depending on their severity, these injuries and health issues can cause chronic, long-term problems that persist beyond the college years.
Poor academic performance
If a student is always staying out late, drinking and partying, their grades are going to suffer. Hangovers, headaches and not getting enough sleep make it almost impossible to focus all of one’s time and energy on school studies.
The best-case scenario is a lower GPA come graduation, which may make it more difficult to attain certain careers in a competitive marketplace. The worst-case scenario is being kicked out of college for skipping or failing too many classes; and missing the opportunity to get a college degree can have a seriously negative impact on a student’s professional future.
We all know that alcohol chemically inhibits good judgement—and nowhere is good judgement more needed more than in intimate situations.
The mix can be volatile. It’s college, hormones are raging and alcohol can give students the confidence (along with all the blissful ignorance) they need to make a poor decision when it comes to sexual activity. This can lead to:
- STDs, some of which have no cure (HIV, herpes)
- Unplanned pregnancy
- Possible sexual assault
What began as a split-second decision at the end of a great party can quickly turn into a lifelong regret.
Trouble with the law
Underage drinking, destruction of property, disturbance of the peace, assault, public intoxication and DUIs. The list goes on and on of all the potential trouble a college student can get into when they’re spending every weekend partying and binge drinking.
Depending on the severity of the charges, these violations can end up on a student’s criminal record, and result in expulsion from the school, as well as make it difficult for them to find a job in the future.
Hire a criminal defense lawyer
First, just remember to talk to your kids. Understand that, in all likelihood, they are probably doing some extent of partying at college. Don’t be angry, don’t be judgmental, just tell them to be careful, do everything in moderation, and above all, keep out of trouble.
However, sometimes even the best advice isn’t enough.
If your son or daughter has gotten into some trouble on campus and has been charged with a crime, you need professional counsel from one of Yavitch & Palmer’s criminal defense attorneys so it doesn’t follow them around for the rest of their life. They can look through every detail of the case and work to get your child’s charges reduced or dismissed, so they don’t come back to haunt them later in life.