The Dangers of Drinking on College Campuses

College brings with it a host of experiences for young people, some more beneficial than others. While many students are able to receive a world-class education and expand their knowledge base and understanding, many also experiment with destructive behaviors like drug use and excessive drinking.

While most students tend to consider a bad hangover to be the worst possible side-effect of a night of heavy drinking, there are actually a number of serious and potentially life-altering consequences to binge drinking and underage drinking on college campuses:

  • Death – According to a study in the Annual Review of Public Health, approximately 1,825 college students (ages 18-24) die in alcohol-related incidents, including drunk driving accidents
  • Drunk Driving (physical consequences) – Alcohol significantly impair’s a driver’s ability to safely operate his or her vehicle, exposing everyone on the road near a drunk driver to the risk of serious injury or even death in a drunk driving accident.
  • Drunk Driving (legal consequences) – In addition to the risk of injury or death that accompanies drunk driving, some students will make the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking, putting them at risk of being charged with an alcohol-related driving offense, like a DUI or DWI. Students face school-related penalties, like suspension and even expulsion, and more serious legal penalties. In some instances, students may need to secure the assistance of a DUI lawyer or another legal representative to help them avoid life-altering consequences, including overwhelming fines and jail time.
  • Assault and Injury – In the same Annual Review of Public Health study mentioned above, it is noted that 696,000 individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 have been assaulted by another student who was intoxicated.

In addition to the above-mentioned risks which directly threaten the lives and physical well-being of college students, there are additional educational risks associated with excessive drinking. Students who drink too much or too frequently often have difficulty keeping up with school work, maintaining good grades, and unfortunately, some may even fail out of school as a result.

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