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College Drinking Fact Sheet

SPECIAL MESSAGE REGARDING COVID-19: In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, it is especially important this fall for college students to take the necessary measures to protect their health and well-being, particularly if schools have resumed in-person or hybrid classes.

Especially now, students and college administrators need to understand the risks associated with alcohol use. For more information, please see the blog post from NIAAA Director George F. Koob, Ph.D., about alcohol misuse among college students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fact Sheet

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Harmful and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the lives of students on campuses across the United States.

Drinking at college has become a ritual that students often see as an integral part of their higher education experience. Some students come to college with established drinking habits, and the college environment can lead to a problem.

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