We’re college students. We make good decisions. We make bad decisions. We conform. We rebel. We try things both inside and outside of our comfort zones. We do all of this with the help of alcohol.
College students drink to get drunk. I’ve never heard a college student say, “I love taking shots because they taste so good.” It just doesn’t happen. Alcohol tends to make us feel more comfortable and loosen our inhibitions — two things that help us enjoy ourselves on the weekends. When we drink, we want to have fun. We go to frat parties, bars, or just hang around campus. Some of us, however, want more: we want to “hook up.”
The term “hooking up” has a different meaning depending on whom you ask. To some, it could mean kissing; to others, it could be indicative of oral or penetrative sex. In college, most hook-ups are facilitated by alcohol. In Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus, Kathleen A. Bogle argues that, “At parties, students generally [consume] alcohol while trying to meet new people with whom they could potentially become sexually intimate or initiate encounters with classmates they already knew” (Bogle 20-21). Alcohol can serve as a social lubricant.
The combination of large parties and alcohol can be lethal. Having an impaired judgment and slow reaction time – due to the alcohol – can lead students to do things they may not have wanted to do when sober. Alcohol increases the possibility of sexual assault and rape to occur. According to Kyle, one of the college students Bogle interviewed, sports stars and fraternity brothers are more likely to have sexual encounters with girls, primarily due to their “stature on campus” (Bogle 32-33). These men are also more likely to rape girls and take advantage of them when they’re drunk. It is also possible for girls can rape and sexually assault men, but it is uncommon.
Alcohol is becoming more and more prevalent on campuses and this is not changing any time soon. Students feel as though they need alcohol in order to be comfortable and enjoy their time at parties, especially if the night ends with a “hook up.” Do you agree with this statement? If so, how have you seen it play out in your life specifically? Despite your age, do you frequently drink on weekends in order to have a good time?