Sunday, October 2, 2022

Need to address the risingalcohol abuse among students

Alcohol abuse is the most prominent issue that has been a reality. Except for a handful of students, the count of students dependent on alcohol is relatively high. People with alcohol use disorders drink to please themselves, putting themselves in the most vulnerable situation including others. Numerate families have been torn apart because of this issue. Studies conducted in developed countries have shown alcohol impairment as one of the leading reasons for disciplinary actions. In India, alcohol figures vary widely ranging from 3.8% to 21.0% with men 9.7% times more likely to regularly intake alcohol as compared to women.
Alcohol abuse has been commonly recognized as the most prevalent habit among students attending colleges, universities, and higher educational institutions. The consumption levels vary as some students drink heavily while others consume occasionally. The most common causes of alcohol abuse tend to be due to peer pressure, fraternity or sorority involvement, and high levels of stress. The consequences include poor health concerns, degrading academic performance, and legal implications.
It is a reality that no matter what all efforts have been undertaken to curb the issues, the bibulous aren’t concerned even for themselves. Despite effective initiatives including breath analyzers, they have no regrets whatsoever. The need of the hour is to implement some effective steps to put a hold on all that has been happening. According to my observations, an independent body should be established that would solely work on treating such problems. The initial steps should include warnings and if those aren’t of any help there should be strict legal action taken against the students. There should be awareness camps that would make the students aware of the impacts of alcohol. They should be told that although severe alcohol implications attract most public attention, even mild to moderate problems cause substantial damage to individuals both physically and mentally. Additionally, there should be a psychiatrist appointed by each of the institutions to address the concerns faced by such individuals.
Apart from physical health, mental stability plays a significant role in balancing overall well-being. It is the duty of every educational setting including its administration to establish a friendly atmosphere comprising of professionals and awareness programs to help regulate the above aspect. Especially in India, people tend to retract their attention toward physical well-being in place of the latter. Counselling sessions can be conducted by universities where both students and parents would be made aware of how important it is to stay strong mentally.
Efforts turn affirmative steps when taken at the right time and wherein the affected ones are taken care of. The educational institutes can build a coordinating team comprising dedicated and responsible representatives of each batch who would help mediate between those who need guidance and those who can provide such guidance. A committee should be established and headed by a faculty to review its workings. And a report should be submitted to the vice chancellor after the end of each semester.
A certain set of individuals hide their drinking patterns or completely deny that they have a problem. There are several approaches to treating alcohol problems, but the primary effort includes acceptance.
Priyadarshini Goenka,
3rd year student,
National Law University, Odisha