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Study: Transgender college students report more adverse consequences from drinking

March 22, 2017
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A Duke University study conducted in 2015 has found that college freshmen identifying as transgender are more likely to experience negative consequences from alcohol use, including blackouts and trouble with authorities.

Published this week in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, the study was based on a survey of more than 422,000 college freshmen nationally. It found that transgender students transitioning from a male to female identity reported the highest incidence of risk behaviors and negative consequences from drinking.

“The results tell us we have a lot more to learn about transgender people and about the specific challenges they face,” said Scott Swartzwelder, PhD, the study's senior author and professor at the Duke School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Survey respondents who reported drinking at least once in the past two weeks were asked to offer more detail on their activities. Transgender students reported several behaviors/outcomes in higher numbers than other students, such as drinking so much that they forgot where they were or what they did (36% vs. 25%), driving after consuming five or more drinks (21% vs. 4%), and being taken advantage of sexually as a result of drinking (19% vs. 8%).

Swartzwelder said the study “suggests college administrators and clinicians who interact with these students should be prepared to provide them with better and more effective coping strategies.”

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Now, since White House just told them they’re on their own, transgender students' lives are becoming more difficult. Quite simply, the administration is giving local governments the right to discriminate against a minority population. The biology of gender is more complex than just the visible anatomy. Parts of the brain also develop differently in response to hormones in the womb to produce different sexual attractions and different senses of identity and responses to hormones as adults. A very small number of individuals develop body structures and brain structures that are in conflict. Medical science can alter the hormone levels in the blood to make the brain feel at ease and even alter the physical appearance of the body to conform to the the brain's gender. However, we cannot change the brain structure to match an incompatible body type.
Americans long ago decided to make public restrooms accessible to individuals who needed to use wheelchairs. We decided that it was unfair to keep people with such physical handicaps out of schools and out of public life. Some people however feel that it is acceptable to deny another group the right to use a bathroom in peace.
As to the student alcoholism, One of the biggest issues with drinking in college is that drinking to excess is not only encouraged, it's expected. People say erroneous things like 'this is what you do' or 'this is how you have fun' or worse 'everyone does it. None of which is true, it's all a personal decision.

Having a BAC of .37 is incompatible with life. He mentions that he could have hit someone in the head with the airsoft gun, or that he could have met a family that had a shotgun. First and foremost, he might have merely stopped breathing during any one of those previous escapades. About 1800 kids die per year doing this stupidity, according to the DOJ. 1800 dead young people because they're inebriated and either stop breathing or do something physically stupid and they all end up very dead. How many who don't die turn into alcoholics or injure themselves or others?

I don't know how we got to the point as a society where drinking is the only way that people think that they can enjoy themselves in a group. It's not only stupid, it's untrue. I did a bit of drinking myself in college but then I put it down and didn't go back. Almost 30 years later, I've had one heck of a life, and I have a glass of wine perhaps once a year.

I haven't missed anything. As to dating, I find it ironic that when I dated my now husband, I questioned him about 'partying'. It would have been a deal breaker had he felt that was important. I was looking at having a family, not being married to a frat boy. Had he been someone like the partying author, I would have dropped him like a hot rock. Starting a family was serious business to me. The last thing that I planned on doing was hooking up with someone that I might have to drag out of a bar, bail out of jail or take care of like a child.

The world is filled with wondrous things. Spend your life inebriated, you're going to miss it.

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