College Binge Drinking: How Bad is the Problem?

College Binge Drinking: How Bad is the Problem?

Almost every college student experiences the effects of college drinking. About half of college students who drink, also consume alcohol through binge drinking. 

The problem of binge drinking, especially among college students is a serious one.

This ESL lesson will improve your English speaking skill. It will also help you qualify and quantify your drinking habits and if you should make any changes for the betterment of your health, education, and relationships.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

EL Lesson What is Binge Drinking

1. Will he get up from the table any time soon?

2. Does it look like he has been drinking alone?

3. How many mugs of beer do you think he’s had?

4. How long do you think he’s been passed out?

5. If he asks for more beer will he be refused service?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. When did you have your first alcoholic drink?

  • Elementary school
  • Middle school
  • High school
  • College

2. In the past 30 days where have you drunk?

  • Residence hall, social event or party
  • On-campus dance or concert
  • Fraternity or sorority event or party
  • Intercollegiate athletic event
  • Campus pub
  • Off-campus party
  • Off-campus party or club

3. What’s your favourite drink

  • Beer
  • Whisky
  • Wine
  • Vodka
  • Cocktail
  • Other

4. How often do you drink?

  • Once a day
  • 3-5 times a week
  • Only on weekends
  • Once a week
  • Only on special occasions

5. Do you drink to get drunk

  • Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Hardly ever
  • Never

6. Have you ever engaged in binge drinking? (5 or more drinks in a sitting)

  • Yes
  • No

7. Do you ever drink before noon?

  • Sometimes
  • Never

8.  Have you ever had a hangover?

  • Yes
  • No

9. Have you ever done something embarrassing or you’re not proud of because of over drinking?

  • Yes
  • No

10. How would you describe yourself in terms of your alcohol use?

  • Abstainer (health, moral or religious reasons)
  • Infrequent drinker
  • Light drinker
  • Moderate drinker
  • Heavy drinker
  • Problem drinker

Part III: Share Your Opinions

ESL Lesson What is Binge Drinking
Discuss the Photo

1. Why are they both on their cell phones?

2. Whose fault is this accident?

3. Have you been involved in a car accident?

Discussion Activity

You and your classmate(s) have been elected by student council to represent them on the issue of alcohol consumption on campus.

To what extent do you oppose or support the following proposed policies recently recommended by your university?

Complete the questionnaire alone. Then reach consensus with your peers before submitting your unified opinions to the Dean of your university.

Alcohol Consumption at University

1. Prohibit kegs on campus

  • Strongly Support
  • Support
  • Oppose
  • Strongly Oppose

2. Offer alcohol-free dorms

  • Strongly Support
  • Support
  • Oppose
  • Strongly Oppose

3. Ban advertisements of alcohol availability at campus events and parties

  • Strongly Support
  • Support
  • Oppose
  • Strongly Oppose

4. Provide more alcohol-free recreational and cultural opportunities such as movies, dances, sports, and lectures.

  • Strongly Support
  • Support
  • Oppose
  • Strongly Oppose

5. Crack down on “binge drinking” at sororities and fraternities 

  • Strongly Support
  • Support
  • Oppose
  • Strongly Oppose

6. Hold campus pub owners 100% responsible for problems arising from alcohol use. (drinking and driving, fights, sexual assaults)

  • Strongly Support
  • Support
  • Oppose
  • Strongly Oppose

7. Crack down on under-age drinking on campus.

  • Strongly Support
  • Support
  • Oppose
  • Strongly Oppose

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College Binge Drinking: How Bad is the Problem?

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