Student Wellness

Underage Drinking Effects

 

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Underage drinking negatively affects virtually every college campus. Students, whether they choose to drink or not, can be negatively impacted. Underage drinking results in: 

 

Death:  1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes (Hingson et al., 2009).
Injury:  599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al., 2009).  
Assault:  696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking (Hingson et al., 2009).
Sexual Abuse:  97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape (Hingson et al., 2009).
Risky Sex: 400,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 had unprotected sex (Hingson et al., 2002).
Unsafe Sex: 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex (Hingson et al., 2002).
Academic Problems: 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 (Engs et al., 1996; Presley et al., 1996a, 1996b; Wechsler et al., 2002).
Health Problems: More than 150,000 students develop an alcoholrelated health problem (Hingson et al., 2002

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