Alcohol is a depressant that affects the central nervous system, as well as every organ in the body. The intoxicating effect of alcohol can affect people's judgment and behavior in many ways, potentially causing them to do things they would not do if not under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol has been shown to increase the risk of unintentional injuries, homicide, and suicide, which are the leading causes of death for people 19-24.
Many students assume that all college students drink alcohol, but this is not true. Of those students who choose to drink, many of them do it responsibly. A 2009 study showed that 27% of college students reported that they do not consume alcohol. Of students who do drink, 39% reported having 4 or fewer drinks the last time they "partied" (ACHA). The choice of whether or not to drink, as well as how much to drink, is an individual decision that each person must make for themselves. It is important to remember that it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol.