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Risks of College Drinking

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.”

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(Source: NIAA)

“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.