Alcohol and Drugs

College Drinking

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Magnitude of Alcohol-Related Mortality and Morbidity among U.S. College Students Ages 18-24

College Drinking Statistical Papers


Alcohol-related unintentional injury deaths
As explained below, we estimate that in 1998 there were approximately 1,400 unintentional, alcohol-related fatal injuries among college students ages 18-24: approximately 1,100 traffic and 300 nontraffic unintentional, alcoholrelated fatal injuries.
Motor vehicle crash deaths
The NHSDA survey revealed that, in the year prior to the survey, a significantly greater percentage of 18-24 year old college students, compared with same age noncollege respondents, drank five or more drinks on a single occasion in the past month (41.7% vs 36.5%) and drove under the influence of alcohol (26.5% vs 19.8%).

Unintentional nontraffic deaths
In the NHSDA survey, 18-24 year old college students and same age noncollege students were equally likely to experience alcohol-related health problems (1.9% vs 2.0%).

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at NIH has long been recognized as a national leader in research on harmful drinking among college students.  NIAAA developed as a one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students, with online tools for parents, students, administrators and more.