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  • For Parents

Alcohol and Other Drugs

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  • For Parents


    Is alcohol a problem for college campuses?

    Compiling results from a number of general health surveys, NIAAA’s A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges estimates that in the United States, as a result of alcohol use, every year:

    • 1,400 college students die from alcohol-related causes, and 1,100 of these deaths involve drinking and driving
    • 500,000 students suffer nonfatal injuries
    • 400,000 students have unprotected sex
    • More than 100,000 students are too intoxicated to know whether they consented to sexual intercourse
    • 1.2–1.5 % of students attempt suicide because of alcohol or other drug use
    • More than 150,000 students develop a health problem related to alcohol
    • 11 % of students damage property
    • 2.1 million students drive while under the influence of alcohol


    Problems encountered by college students when others drink too much:

    • 60.5 % had study or sleep interrupted
    • 53.6 % had to take care of a drunken student
    • 29.3 % had been insulted or humiliated
    • 20.1 % experienced an unwanted sexual advance (women)
    • 18.6 % had a serious argument or quarrel
    • 13.6 % had property damaged
    • 9.5 % had been pushed, hit, or assaulted
    • 1.3 % had been a victim of sexual assault or date rape (women)