If you are 21 or older, then you may legally buy or consume alcohol in North Carolina or any other state. Each state has its own laws regarding issues such as drinking and driving. Like most conscientious citizens, you no doubt make sure you understand such laws according to your circumstances, such as where you are, who you are with and what you are doing while imbibing.
If you live on a college campus, your school may have its own regulations regarding alcohol; in fact, some schools ask certain students to sign honor code agreements wherein they promise to abstain from drinking alcohol, smoking or other activities. If you break your agreement, it may lead to your expulsion. There are numerous potential consequences associated with drinking in college; the more you know ahead of time, the better prepared you can be to address any problems that arise, especially if such problems involve legal issues.
First, the facts
Many college students consider alcohol consumption an integral part of their college experience. The following statistics may apply to your school:
- In any given month, approximately 60 percent of all college students between ages 18 and 22 consume alcohol. The problem with that is that anyone under age 21 is breaking the law.
- Many college students don't just have one drink; they binge drink.
- Incident of physical and sexual assault is often alcohol-related in college.
- College students often die because of alcohol-related situations, such as unintended accidents, alcohol poisoning or motor vehicle collisions.
- If a woman consumes approximately four drinks within two hours, her blood alcohol content level will likely reach .08, which then prohibits her from legal operation of a motor vehicle.
- The same is true for men after approximately five drinks within the same time frame. Drinking in college doesn't necessarily have to be all gloom and doom. Many students make responsible choices and enjoy social lives that include alcohol without it ruining their college careers or personal lives.
If drinking gets you into trouble
If you face a DWI or get into a fight at a party, or suffer some other misfortune because of alcohol, you definitely aren't the first person to do so nor will you likely be the last. There are support networks available to help you get your academic life, social life and personal life back on track, especially if you're facing legal problems related to drinking.