The two topics of privatization and alcohol abuse among college students may seem completely separate, but it is possible that one could be a result of another. "According to Community Guide rules of evidence, there is strong evidence that privatization of retail alcohol sales leads to increases in excessive alcohol consumption" (Hahn et. al.). The study finds that privatizing the sale of alcohol leads to increases of consumption across the board, no matter which type of alcohol is privatized. This is due to less government regulation and interference. Government control over the sale and regulation of alcohol generally decreases consumption, and when it becomes privatized, sales and consumption skyrocket. Alcohol abuse, as the number one cause of preventable death and disability, should be regulated by the government in order to cut down on the massive toll that the substance takes on the US population, especially among students. The increasing trend among states to leave alcohol sales in the hands of the businesses that sell it is a concerning, yet unsurprising fact when looked at as a whole. To me, it just seems as though we as a society are more interested in making money than protecting other human beings.