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Alcohol College Students Statistics

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Important Statistics on College Students and Binge Drinking

The majority of the popular state colleges and universities across the nation have at one time or another gained the infamous distinction of being named a "party college".  Getting away from home and getting involved in college living often opens the door to many opportunities for college students and binge drinking to mix! It is part of what seems to be expected of young adults within an adult academic setting?

Freshmen starting this fall will be inundated with invitations to party. Party.  And party.  Freshmen college parties are the right of passage along with academic freedom.  Although college freshmen parties are not actually part of what a effects of ignoring the situation has caused most schools to work hard raising awareness for parents and students about what to expect.  So, along with the  academic programming schools consider dealing with alcohol and partying issues as an intricate part of a college freshmen's social life.

Alcohol College Student Statistics Cause Parents Concern

Binge drinking among college freshmen according to the US Department of Health and Human Services is related to the college students' access to alcohol coupled with the desire to get party with friends.  In fact overall there's a 44 percentile correlation of college students and binge drinking among freshmen ages 17 to 21.

Expected or not alcohol use and college freshmen mixing is the biggest fear parents have about their children.  And ironically for some college students, many students reasons for attending that specific college are related to that factor.  Sadly enough we know that 1 in every 3 college freshmen will be exposed to and have access to or be influenced by and indulging in binge drinking at some point during their college career!

There are many things a college freshman has to worry about when leaving for college aside from keeping up grades and feelings of homesickness.  Among the many worries parents and first year college students share are the freshmen parties and access to alcohol.

Frighteningly, the statistics have serious implications for new students at four year institutions.  For example, a direct result of wayward college freshmen binge drinking is college traffic accidents.  According to MADD and the US DOHHS freshmen students entering a four year college have a 70% chance of abusing alcohol over their friends attending a community or vocational college locally!   Additionally alcohol abuse among freshmen college students ranks number 2 in causing the most violent offences on college campuses among students, as reported by the US DOE.  Consequently, reports demonstrate a 35% ratio of college freshmen students being involved in the following:

  • Rape - Statistically, although law enforcement is seldom implicated, statistics show that one in every four college female freshmen will report a case of date rape or acquaintance rape as a direct result of alcohol fueled partying annually.  Of those few that do become legal issues, 2 out of every 5 male college freshmen charged will be convicted.
  • Freshmen pregnancy - As a direct result of either sex while intoxicated or date rape during a college party 1 out of 6 College freshmen students will get pregnant. This accounts for 5% of the college drop out rate among freshmen women and 2% of the drop out rate for freshmen men.
  • STD Transmissions- naturally alcohol abuse among freshmen greatly impairs their fragile judgment. Over 45% of college freshmen by way of a college binge parting and under the influence of alcohol, failed to consider the usage of contraceptive aids when engaging in sexual intercourse. 15% of these students' contracted and/or spread STD's amongst college students with a 7% ratio of infected students unaware of their condition.
  • DUI - Drinking at a binge party and driving drunk obviously go hand in hand on college campuses.  Being under the influence of alcohol contributes to 47% of college drunk driving fatalities and resultant serious injuries.

Aside from a hangover, which is obviously not an effective deterrent from college freshmen and binge drinking, parents and college bound students can go on line and review other hard facts and preventive measures to reduce the statistical incline of alcohol abuse among freshmen.   While in the last 15 years the scale of college freshmen binge drinking statistics has fluctuated, currently the ratio for 2009 is at quite low.  As it stands now, the US DOE, MADD and US DOHHS are optimistic these statistics will continue to decline so long as college freshmen make an effort to alter their expectation of college life and practice sound adult judgment regarding alcohol while attending!

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