College Students and Drinking
Statistics by National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Virtually all college students experience the effects of college drinking, whether they drink or not. The problem with college drinking is not necessarily the drinking itself, but the negative consequences that result from excessive drinking.
College drinking problems
College drinking is extremely widespread:
• About four out of five college students drink alcohol.
• About half of college students who drink, also consume alcohol through binge drinking.
Each year, drinking affects college students, as well as college communities, and families. The consequences of drinking include:
1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol related unintentional injuries.
More than 690,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 receive unintentional injuries while under the influence of alcohol.
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.
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.
College Students and Drug Abuse
information by Addiction Center
Risk of Addiction
College students make up one of the largest groups of drug abusers nationwide. Young people (ages 18 to 24) are already at a heightened risk of addiction. Those who are enrolled in full-time college program are twice as likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than those who don’t attend college.
Starting out in college produces some natural social anxiety for many students. The temptation to drink is strong because college students overwhelmingly find that alcohol makes socializing easier. Not all college students immediately start binge drinking and doing drugs, but routinely drinking to have more fun leads many students toward addiction.