Alcohol on Campus
Heavy drinking among college students is a serious national problem. In fact, a recent study indicates that alcohol misuse may be responsible for 40% of academic problems and 28% of college dropouts. Students who binge drink (defined as having five or more drinks in one sitting) are more likely than non-drinkers to:
- Miss class, which causes grades to suffer.
- Get injured by falling or being involved in fights.
- Engage in unplanned and unprotected sex.
Many students believe that underage drinking goes unchallenged at universities. This is not true, however. In fact, our local universities are committed to enforcing state laws and campus policies related to alcohol consumption.
Fortunately, the majority of college students are making the right choices when they drink. According to the Core Institute:
- 69.5% of college students have NOT driven under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- 98.4% of college students have NOT been arrested for driving under the influence.
While the majority of college students are making the right choices, there are still many students who have alcohol-related problems. According to the Alcohol Abuse Initiative:
- 2.1 million students between the ages of 18 and 24 drove under the influence last year.
- College drinkers were more likely than non-college drinkers to report driving under the influence of alcohol in the previous year (27% vs. 20%).
- About 27% of college students drive under the influence of alcohol each year, which translates into approximately 2 million college students.
- An estimated 3.3 million students have ridden in a vehicle driven by another student who had been drinking.
- An estimated 110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are arrested for alcohol-related violations such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence each year.