Now let’s get real with alcohol and college for a sec. It’s college, we are young, we want to have a good time and let loose on the weekends or even week days for that matter, and alcohol is almost always involved with that.
However, we need to get real. Alcoholism is a serious problem among colleges all over the world. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, every year 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related injuries that are pronounced unintentional.
There are also many reports of violent assaults or sexual assaults such as date rape due to drinking and people being taken advantage of while they are drinking.
Not only is excessive drinking very dangerous to your overall health, it is a very siginicant cause of weight gain in college.
ELLE Magazine reports that when you drink alcohol, it is broken down into acetate which is pretty much just vinegar which your body will burn before any other calorie you have consumed. Furthermore, the fat you gain from whatever type of food you have consumed that day such as chips or soda, it will more likely be stored because your body is getting all its energy from the acetate you just consumed from the alcohol.
Alcohol also makes it harder for your body to burn fat that is already there so a high-fat and high-alcohol diet is the easiest way to gain the weight.
Sadly, you see this a lot in college. Students typically do not eat very well because they don’t want to or can’t afford to buy healthier, more expensive foods, and they consume high amounts of alcohol.
I have seen my friends go through this phase, and hey, I even when through this phase and I hardly drank alcohol, and I ate healthier than all my friends combined.
It can creep up on you so silently and so fast that you will make up on day and wonder what happened. Well alcohol happened my friends.
I get it. It’s hard not to drink while you are out at a party, and I am not telling you not to drink by the way. I am just suggesting that you should do it in moderate proportions. Don’t get hammered every weekend and put yourself in dangerous situations you don’t even realize are a reality. Be smart and be careful, and just practice porportions with your alcohol and food consumption. And remember…
Stay fit and stay in school.