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Fact Sheet: College Drinking Fact Sheet

Women on Campus: Are You At Risk?

The statistics below come from studies cited by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, "College Drinking: A Snapshot of Annual High-Risk College Drinking Consequences."

Binge Drinking

  • A "binge" consists of 4 consecutive drinks for a woman and 5 for a man.
  • Approximately 30% of high school seniors report binge drinking and 75% report drinking.
  • Self-report questionnaires reveal that 44% of college students between the ages of 18 and 24 are binge drinking, which equals 70% of the alcohol consumed by students.

    Health Risks

  • Health problems related to alcohol impact over 150,000 college students each year.
  • The criteria for alcohol abuse was met by 31% of college students while 6% of the student population meet the criteria for dependence, according to self report questionnaires.
  • Drinking or drug use will be involved in 1.2-1.5% of college students who attempt suicide.
  • Unintentional alcohol related injuries have reached 500,000.
  • Every year over 1,400 college students die from "unintentional" injuries due to alcohol, including motor vehicle crashes.

    Property Damage

  • Self report questionnaires show that 11% of college students have damaged property "under the influence."
  • College administrators believe that 25% - 50% of property damage on campus is alcohol related.

    Academic Problems

  • Alcohol-related academic problems affect 25% of college students (missing class, falling behind on work, poor grades).

    Unsafe Sex

  • The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) states that 400,000 students have engaged in unprotected sex.

    Rape and Sexual Assault

  • Alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape has been reported by over 70,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24.
  • Over 100,000 students have reported that they have been too intoxicated to know if they consented to sexual intercourse.


  • Arrests on alcohol related offenses (DUI, drunk in public) are estimated at 110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24.
  • Police or campus security will be involved with 5% of 4 year college students who drink.
  • One million students drove under the influence.

    Love Your Body—Don't Drink and Drive

    Don't get into a car with someone who has been drinking—always carry money for a phone call to a friend or for a cab ride back to campus. Don't drink and drive—when you get behind the wheel everyone on the road is at risk for injury or death.

    Love Your Body—Don't Drink

    Women are at greater risk for damage to your liver, heart, and brain due to alcohol. The physical complications of alcohol abuse hit women harder and faster than men.

    All information was obtained from the National Institutes for Health - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism study "College Drinking, What It Is, and What to Do about It: A Review of the State of the Science," released in March 2002.

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