The Luck of the College Student

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Saint Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate. It is a time of celebration for those who are of Irish descent and to honor the memory of Saint Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland. For many young people, Saint Patrick’s Day (coming up on March 17th) is a time to not only wear green and display shamrocks, but also to attend every party imaginablethat is being held in the hopes of getting wildly drunk.

Like it or not, Saint Patrick’s Day usually puts the spotlight on drinking. A recent Ohio State University study provides insights into college drinking, which is a big part of what the Saint Patrick’s Holiday has come to represent. The study was an online survey of over 3796 students over the course of two academic years. The study showed that more than 12% of college kids will host parties.  About 80% of the parties reported in the survey had been held at off-campus locations. The average number of guests who attended these parties ranged anywhere from 25 to 60.

One interesting find within the survey was that parties that were held on campus were less likely to engage in inappropriate behaviors such as binge drinking, underage drinking, physical abuse, verbal assault, and unwanted sexual advancement. Cynthia Buettner, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science at Ohio State University, and lead author of the study says, “It’s logical to think that off-campus party hosts would be more likely to drink a lot. They know they’re not going to drive, they’re home and they probably started before everyone arrived. Our theory is that on-campus party hosts may be worried about potential sanctions.” Off campus parties will also involve many of the attendees having to drive to be present at the party. According to the NHTSA, over the last fiveyears,851 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide on Saint Patrick’s Day, of which, 327 involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

So what does this all mean? No one is telling a college student to not celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. It has become an annual tradition, in the vein of the Super Bowl, which will continue for generations to come. However, the point is sometimes lost during the alcohol fueled moments of the green themed day. Students have a tendency to view the evening as an exemption from social responsibility. One student, who wishes to remain anonymous, says “Every Saint Patrick’s Day, we tend to start drinking at the crack of dawn at my house and we continue until we cannot anymore”

Nobody wishes harm on another student. The data collected from the survey conducted at Ohio State University is merely there to serve as a factual reminder of what occurs on Saint Patrick’s Day. Last year 365 calls were made to State College police, 160 arrests were made, and 24 alcohol overdoses occurred. This year, let’s make the effort to not end up in next year’s statistics. Drink responsibly, have fun, and enjoy a night of celebration which will include The Boondock Saints, Dropkick Murphy’s, Guiness, Shamrocks, Corn beef, Cabbage, and the almighty proud Irish color of green.

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