The college years are a time for self-exploration and taking risks, and while away from the watchful eyes of parents, many students engage in social activities that involve consuming alcohol.
These students tend to think they can handle the effects of alcohol, and they are often willing to break the law for a good party. Yet, the laws pertaining to the minimum drinking age are not arbitrary for several reasons.
Effects of excessive drinking on the young brain
According to research from the University of Florida, young adults (ages18-24) are more likely to binge drink than any other age demographic. Alcohol consumption in college students disrupts crucial cognitive development and processes, leading to brain deficits such as:
- Memory loss
- Learning and memorization difficulties
- Impaired judgment
The mental effects of underage drinking do not support the hope of a successful university career. Additionally, when the party gets out of hand, the involvement of law enforcement can lead to permanent legal consequences.
Decision-making continues during blackouts
One especially dangerous stage of binge drinking in college students is the blackout, where a disconnect in the brain leads to lost time and information. During a blackout, a person is awake and making decisions but those judgments are often unwise, leading to dangerous, injurious and criminal behaviors like drunk driving and sexual misconduct.
If you find your teen or young adult’s excessive partying worrisome, you can help prevent lifelong personal and legal struggles by discussing the serious repercussions associated with underage drinking in the state of Florida.