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Prevalence of Drinking: 

Prevalence of Drinking: According to the 2015 NSDUH, 58.0 percent of full-time college students ages 18–22 drank alcohol in the past month compared with 48.2 percent of other persons of the same age.21

Prevalence of Binge Drinking:

 According to the 2015 NSDUH, 37.9 percent of college students ages 18–22 reported binge drinking in the past month compared with 32.6 percent of other persons of the same age.21

 

Prevalence of Heavy Alcohol Use:

 According to the 2015 NSDUH, 12.5 percent of college students ages 18–22 reported heavy alcohol use in the past month compared with 8.5 percent of other persons of the same age.21

 

Consequences—Researchers estimate that each year:

 

  • 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes.22

  • 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.23

  • 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.23

  • Roughly 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for AUD.24

  • About 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.25

The negative consequences of alcohol use on college campuses are widespread and each year, drinking impacts thousands of college students – whether they drink or not -- as well as families, friends and entire college communities

Some of the consequences of college drinking include:

  • Assault: More than 690,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.

  • Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

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Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 receive unintentional injuries while under the influence of alcohol.

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Academic Problems: About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.

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Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use.

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Death: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from unintentional alcohol-related injuries.