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Consequences

  • Researchers estimate that each year, 1,519 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes.1
  • Researchers estimate that each year, 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.2
  • Researchers estimate that each year, 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.2
  • According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 9.6 percent of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder.3
  • In a 2002 study, about one in four college students reported academic difficulties from drinking, such as missing class or getting behind in schoolwork.4

  • 1 Methodology for arriving at estimates described in Hingson, R.; Zha, W.; and Smyth, D. Magnitude and trends in heavy episodic drinking, alcohol-impaired driving, and alcohol-related mortality and overdose hospitalizations among emerging adults of college ages 18–24 in the United States, 1998–2014. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 78(4):540–548, 2017. PMID: 28728636
  • 2 Methodology for arriving at estimates described in Hingson R, Heeren T, Winter M.; and Weschler, H. Magnitude of alcohol-related mortality and morbidity among U.S. college students ages 18–24: changes from 1998 to 2001. Annual Review of Public Health 26: 259–279, 2005. PMID: 15760289
  • 3 SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Statistics and Quality. 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Table 6.82B—Alcohol Use Disorder in Past Year among Persons Aged 18 to 22, by College Enrollment Status and Demographic Characteristics: Percentages, 2016 and 2017. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/cbhsq-reports/NSDUHDetailedTabs2017/NSDUHDetailedTabs2017.htm#tab6-82B. Accessed October 15, 2018.
  • 4 Wechsler, H.; Lee, J.E.; Kuo, M.; et al. Trends in college binge drinking during a period of increased prevention efforts. Findings from 4 Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study Surveys: 1993–2001. Journal of American College Health 50(5):203–217, 2002. PMID: 11990979