Canan Law Canan Law
We're Here To Help 904-217-6209
We're Here To Help 904-217-6209
contact Menu

The brain 101: Why college students tend to drink so much

Attending college isn't just about receiving a higher education and transitioning into adulthood. For many young adults, college also means regular invites to parties and an introduction to drinking.

In a majority of cases, this is the time where young adults are supposed to learn their limits and when to say no to another drink. Unfortunately, the human brain often works against us when it comes to alcohol in social settings, which can put young people in problematic situations later on.

Peer pressure

As a 2016 Business Insider article explains, peer pressure is commonplace at this age, oftentimes giving rise to situations where young people are encouraged by their friends to "have one more" long after they have reached their limit.

The crowd mentality

Drinking too much during our college years goes beyond our friends simply encouraging us to do so, however. In many cases, young people feel compelled to do what everyone else is doing so as not to be seen as the "odd man out." The need to feel included and part of the group is part of being human. Unfortunately, it can also lead to drinking behaviors based on what everyone else is doing.

The brain game

Unfortunately, these two psychosocial behaviors are not the only factors involved in college-age drinking.

Using positron emission tomography, or PET imaging, researchers with the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California mapped the areas of the brain affected by the consumption of alcohol. In a 2012 study published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers concluded that much of our desire to drink is due to the fact that endorphins are released in areas of the brain associated with pleasure and reward.

Every time we drink, we reinforce this connection, which can eventually lead to addiction for some.

Unfortunate consequences

Although the combination of peer pressure, crowd mentality and endorphins in the brain can explain why college students tend to drink excessively at times, it's alcohol's effect on our inhibitions that can lead to serious consequences, including criminal charges related to drinking and driving.

Recognizing these factors is our first step to avoiding these legal consequences. Actively making sound choices is the next.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Reach Out To Us For Sound Legal Guidance

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Canan Law Attorneys

Canan Law 1030 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32084 Phone: 904-217-6209 Fax: 904-824-9269 Map & Directions

Review Us