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College Drinking: Consumption and Harm

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People often underestimate the range of harm associated with college drinking. The negative consequences can include serious injuries and death. For example, each year in the US:

  • An estimated 1,700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes (Hingson et al. 2005).
  • Approximately 600,000 students are unintentionally injured while under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al. 2005).
  • Approximately 700,000 students are hit or assaulted by other students who have been drinking (Hingson et al. 2005).
  • About 100,000 students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape (Hingson et al. 2005).

Direct Harm
Some harm associated with drinking is direct - experienced by the drinker him or herself. The following table illustrates the extent of some of the direct negative consequences of drinking for college students. It provides a comparison between national and UC Berkeley student self-reports of alcohol related harms.

Second Hand Harm
Drinkers create second-hand harm as well. The following table illustrates the range and extent of student-reported second hand harms nationally and at UC Berkeley.

PartySafe@Cal is a program of University Health Services in collaboration with other campus and community organizations.
The mission is to reduce harm associated with drinking in the campus area.
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