Society has a significant influence on how we think about issues of drug and alcohol use. Identify a particular drug or alcohol use issue that you have a perspective on. Identify your perspective and discuss how society has influenced the perspective you hold. Be specific about influences.
undergraduates in Bangor, this includes students going to pubs and clubs which often have offers on alcohol, thus promoting the social norm of drinking. The Athletics Union have their own night in a local university club where the majority of sports societies attend. Some drinks are £1 including pints and there are 2 for £3 bottles. The cheap prices allow students to buy more, it is an important influence on Bangor University because one it is one of the student nights when student consume more alcohol which further reinforces the social norm surrounding alcohol. In order to counteract this influence at Bangor University increasing alternative extracurricular activities amongst peers with more volunteering opportunities and introducing dry events could help binge drinking in Bangor students. Extracurricular activities have been found to be beneficial in university students due to the reinforcing role that student activities have on reducing drinking in campus. Murphy, Correia, Colby, & Vuchinich (2005) found that students who had reduced their consumption of alcohol had an increased reinforcement from substance free activities. Furthermore, social norm interventions could counteract this influence at Bangor. Pilot projects have been conducted to counteract student drinking in seven universities across the UK (National Union of Students, 2015). Alcohol Impact is a programme which was created to change the social norm of irresponsible drinking in university students (National Union of Students, 2015). Through social norm interventions about alcohol consumption results from this pilot study showed that there was a large reduction in student rejections from campus venues due to the anti-social behaviour they would display from drinking and they were a vast increase in freshers’ events that did not focus on alcohol (National Union of Students, 2015). This programme could be used in Bangor University as this research has shown it has helped other UK universities and it could decrease binge drinking behaviour in students to sensible drinking patterns. Peer influences and social norms have impacted on university students’ alcohol consumption. There is encouragement for students to drink a lot of alcohol, despite the negative effects that are associated with it. Counteracting these influences will take time, however if students take precautions like eating a meal before drinking, it could lessen the effects of high-level drinking.>GET ANSWER