College is a time for experimentation, personal growth, and independence. For many students, that also means trying new things and testing new limits. While this can lead to positive experiences, it also increases the likelihood of negative ones. Intense schoolwork, pressure to succeed, social isolation from family and friends, and increased access to alcohol are just a few reasons why college students are more likely than any other age group to binge drink. Here, we’ll look at binge drinking, why it happens so frequently among young adults in college, its risks, how it can be prevented or reduced among student populations, and how you can help a friend or loved one who is struggling with alcohol misuse.