From National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:

  • About 4 out of 5 college students drink alcohol.
  • About half of college students who drink, also consume alcohol through binge drinking.
  • 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% 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. 
  • More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem and between 1.2 and 1.5% of students indicated that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use. 
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From National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC):
  • 19% of college students ages 18-24 met the criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence.
  • 5% of these students sought treatment for alcohol problems in the year prior to the survey.
  • 3% of these students thought they should seek help but did not.