Finance: Alcoholism and Alcohol Counseling Program Essay

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On Unofficial St. Patrick Day 2006 at the University of Illinois-Urbana

Champaign, alumna Caroline Yoon died as a victim of a motorcycle accident in the school

campus because of an intoxicated driver (Grennan, 2014). The driver was caught soon after the

police found that he was drunk from binge drinking at a party in fraternity. Her death was

considered one of the most tragic events throughout the history of the school and was only one

of many cases of binge drinking in the colleges in U.S. colleges. Binge drinking, which is

reported in 90% in all alcohol consumption in young people under 21, is pattern of heavy

drinking with 5 drinks (men) and 4 drinks (women) in 2 hours (“Binge Drinking,” n.d.). Every

year, heavy alcohol consumption in U.S. university campuses is still a significant issue in college

environment as it had been shown to have various harmful effects including unintentional injury,

sexual abuse, damaging property or the side effects of academic downfall and health problems

(“Binge Drinking,” n.d.). The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is a

part of National Institute of Health founded in 1887 in Bethesda, Maryland. It is a government

agency that promotes, supports and conducts experiment medical research on finding adequate

solutions and the causes and effects of alcohol problems. NIAAA has collaborated with

universities and colleges throughout the United States to support experiments on student

alcoholism, for which scientists can propose education programs and valuable recommendations

to prevent the binge drinking. Every solution has its own strengths and weaknesses that are

needed for further investigation. Therefore, this paper will conduct a cognitive approach to

evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of three binge drinking solutions recommended by

the NIAAA: conducting alcohol counseling program to individual students, controlling the price

of alcohol, and increasing the law enforcement through police force and strict policies.

Giving Brief Counseling Session through Intervention Program

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism proposed brief counseling

sessions and intervention programs as an effective tool to reduce the level of binge drinking. The

invention program is considered as individual counseling session in which the students will be

appointed with trained physicians to hear feedback and advice about the drinking behavior in

a specific period of time. The aim of this program, according to NIAAA (2005), is to not try to

treat the students as a patient or insist on the complete disappearance of…