Drinking: Consumption and Harm
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
600,000 students are unintentionally injured while under the influence
of alcohol (Hingson et al. 2005).
700,000 students are hit or assaulted by other students who have been
drinking (Hingson et al. 2005).
100,000 students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or
date rape (Hingson et al. 2005).
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.
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.
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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