Not too long ago, Noah Domingo, a student at U.C. Irvine died after attending a party off-campus with his fraternity brothers. The police received a frantic call and responded to the scene. There they found an unresponsive teen. He had died of alcohol poisoning. Toxicology tests found no other substances besides alcohol in his system, according to the coroner’s office.
The heartbroken father of Noah Dominguez said that his son was a freshman at the University of California, Irvine where he was majoring in biology so he could study kinesiology and hopefully one day become an NBA trainer.
The story reminded me of a classmate from high school who had a great future ahead of him. As a top student in our class, he went on to attend one of the best universities in the U.S. But that was short-lived when he died after an extreme night of drinking at a college party. He died when he vomited and it led to asphyxiation. It haunted the community when this rising star died so needlessly.
Now, as a mother, I am horrified at the level of drinking at many colleges across the country. I have two children in college and I am saddened by the popularity of binge drinking. Are kids coerced into drinking to the point of illness or death in order to be popular? Or do they start with one glass of alcohol and forget how many drinks they’ve had? Many kids are not on campus due to the coronavirus. But a lot of kids have moved to their college neighborhood to experience a semblance of normal college life. Parties off-campus are common even with coronavirus. Stress can increase interest in alcohol and college parties.
Obsessive drinking among college students is dangerous not just in terms of health consequences but also with the behavior that happens when kids are overly confident due to alcohol. The regrets cannot be taken back after a night of binge drinking. How can parents help to stop excessive drinking especially when kids are at college, often far from home? Many parents are rethinking how far they want their kids to be away from home and why kids are so prone to peer pressure even with a solid upbringing.
For more information about college drinking, visit https://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov