College Drinking Rates Worse Than We Thought
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among American youth – it surpasses even smoking. And in fact, 80% of college students drink alcoholic beverages, and about half of those admit to binge drinking.
Recently, Project Know conducted a survey of more than 1,400 college students aged 18-23, in effort to more closely examine their college drinking habits. The findings were disturbing, and I will refrain from commentary as the data pretty much speaks for itself.
Nearly 90% of students surveyed admitted to drinking alcohol at some point while attending college.
Drinking and Driving
Nearly 40% said they had engaged in drinking and driving, and 26.7% said they had driven while completely drunk. Forty-two percent said they had rode in a car with a driver who was drunk.
Other Negative Effects
- Almost 46% experienced blackouts from drinking.
- Fifty-six percent stated they had done something under the influence that they regretted.
- More than 60% said they had had some sort of sexual activity, often without using a contraceptive.
- Nearly 4 in 5 said they had been hung over.
- Eleven percent admitted to wetting their beds due to alcohol consumption.
- More than one-third missed classes due to alcohol.
- Over 70% have thrown up from drinking alcohol.
- Nearly half knew students who were hospitalized due to alcohol abuse.
- About 30% were injured in some way while under the influence.
- Nearly 1 in 10 knew someone who had died due to alcohol abuse.
Fraternities Drink Even More
- Ninety-four percent of frat members admitted to drinking alcohol vs. 88% of their non-frat counterparts.
- Sixty-four percent drank more than two drinks on a weekday, vs. 49% non-frat.
- Frat members drank, on average, three days a week.
More Women Drink Than Men
Slightly more women reported drinking in college than men, 91% vs. 88% of men. Also, more women report sexual activity while under the influence, 61% vs. 60% for men.
Midwestern Students Drink The Most
- Midwestern college students reported the most drinking, at 92%. They were closely following by the South (90%), Northeast (89%) and West (86%.)
- The Northeast had more college student reportedly knowing a peer who had been hospitalized for alcohol abuse (nearly 54%). The region was followed by the Midwest (49%), the South (43%) and the West (38%.)
- The South had the most students who knew someone their age who has died from alcohol abuse – nearly 11%. Followed closely was the Midwest (nearly 10%), the Northeast (8%), and the West (just under 8%.)
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology