College Drinking Problems
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Alcohol-related deaths, heavy drinking episodes and drunk driving have all been on the rise on college campuses over the past decade, a government study shows. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at the study in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Alcohol-related deaths, heavy drinking episodes and drunk driving have all been on the rise on college campuses over the past decade.

Using figures from government databases and national surveys on alcohol use, researchers found that drinking-related accidental deaths among 18- to 24-year-old students have been creeping upward–from 1,440 in 1998 to 1,825 in 2005.

At the same time, the proportion of students who reported binge drinking rose from 42 to 45 percent, and those who admitted to drinking and driving increased from 27 to 29 percent.

Fourteen studies were surveyed which looked at students from 15 college campuses with serious student-drinking issues and programs that were developed to combat the problem.

These programs ranged from counseling for students found to have drinking problems to community-level efforts that involved law enforcement and residents of neighborhoods surrounding college campuses.

Researchers found that although drinking and driving was more common among college students in 2005 than in 1998, the trend was on a decline.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.