Secondhand Consequences of Drinking
Students who do not drink or do not abuse alcohol experience secondhand consequences
from others' excessive use. In addition to physical and sexual assault
and damaged property, these consequences include unwanted sexual advances and
disrupted sleep and study (Hingson et al., 2002; Wechsler et al., 1995, 2000b).
The problems produced by high-risk drinking are neither victimless nor cost-free.
All students—whether they misuse alcohol or not—and their parents,
faculty, and members of the surrounding community experience the negative consequences
wrought by the culture of drinking on U.S. campuses.
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Last reviewed: 9/23/2005