For most 18 and 19-year-olds, starting college is an exciting time in their
lives. As students arrive on campus for the first time, it’s all
about making new friends and having new experiences. It’s about
making memories that will last forever. Unfortunately for many college
students, college is also about binge drinking, engaging in risky behaviors,
driving under the influence and dealing with the aftermath of these decisions – DUIs, unplanned
pregnancies, violence, vandalism and for some – death from alcohol
poisoning, and drunk driving.
According to the 2015 Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH):
- 58% of full-time college students between the age of 18 and 22 admitted
to drinking alcohol in the past 30 days.
37.9% of full-time college students admitted to
binge drinking, which is 5 or more alcoholic drinks for males and 4 or more drinks for females.
- 12.5% said they engaged in heavy alcohol use, which refers to binge drinking
on 5 or more days within the past 30 days. According to the NIAAA, “These
rates are higher than those for their non-college attending peers.”
To learn more about college drinking,
“The consequences of excessive drinking by college students are more
significant, more destructive, and more costly than many parents realize.
And these consequences affect students whether or not they drink,”
says the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. According
to statistics from the NIAA, each year:
- Drinking by college students between the ages of 18 and 24 contributes
to about 1.800 student deaths.
- Drinking by college students contributes to more than 695,000 assaults.
- Drinking by college students contributes to about 97,000 sexual assaults
or date rapes.
If you’re a parent, there are things you can say and do to help.
To stay involved while your child is away at school, talk to him or her
about the dangers of underage drinking, such as sexual assault and DUI.
Also, explain the penalties for underage drinking and
underage DUI, and the consequences of a criminal conviction. Additionally, learn your
child’s school’s policies about underage drinking, drinking
on campus, and DUI convictions and educate your child on how these affect
their academic future.
If your child has been arrested for DUI or another alcohol-related offense
in Orange County,
contact our firm at once to schedule a confidential, free consultation with the DUI Queen.