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Eugene is the second largest city in the state of Oregon, located in Lane County. Sitting at the confluence of the McKenzie Willamette Rivers in the Willamette Valley. Eugene has a population of 156,185 according to the 2010 census. They city is known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreational activities, arts, activist political leanings, and residents with “alternative” lifestyles. The cities slogan is “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors.” Other nicknames are “Emerald City” and “Track Town, USA”.
Eugene is the home of the University of Oregon. Just as with many college students throughout the United States, there is a large problem with substance abuse. Recent data from the U.S. Department of Education suggest that alcohol and drug use among U of O students is high. There are both mental and physical health concern’s with substance abuse amongst students. There are affects on their academic carriers as well as social life, not to mention the health affects related to alcohol consumption. According to the 2009 federal data, the University of Oregon ranks No. 3 out of more than 200 comparably sized schools for the rate of students who are referred by housing, public safety and other campus officials for violating drug rules, and No. 4 for the number of students referred for violating alcohol rules. The University of Oregon has a name of a party school since 1977 when the film “Animal House” (a party college film) was recorded on campus. Residents of Eugene have come to expect the excessive drug and alcohol abuse among U of O students.
Alcohol abuse in Eugene
Alcohol seems to be the highest abuse substance with college students throughout the United States, not just in Eugene Oregon. Long nights of partying, playing drinking games, it has become a social right of passage with college students. They are not looking at the negative effects of their drinking. Their grades are slipping, possibly ruining their academic future. Its not just their studies on the line, their health is at risk. Many of those abusing alcohol have a great risk of alcohol poisoning, making the mistake of driving while intoxicated and having unprotected sex resulting in STD’s or unplanned pregnancy. The possibility of becoming physically dependent on alcohol is high. The more often the individual is consuming alcohol a tolerance can develop along with a dependence resulting in withdrawal symptoms when stopping use abruptly. The need for alcohol will consume their lives, everything else will come last. Chronic alcohol abuse can cause irreversible damage to vital organs such as the heart, brains and liver, death is a strong possibility.