Underage College Drinking

Underage college drinking is a serious problem on college campuses across the United States. Recent data from the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Studies compared the responses of underage drinkers with 21 to 23 year old students and found the following:

  • Approximately 2 in 5 college students engage in binge drinking (binge drinking is defined as consuming 5 drinks in a row for a man and 4 drinks in a row for a woman)
  • Underage students drank less frequently, but when they did, they were more likely to drink excessively
  • College educational efforts and deterrent policies are limited in their outreach
  • Half of all underage students obtained alcohol very easily
  • Underage students attending colleges in states with stricter underage and high-volume drinking were less likely to drink and binge drink
  • A majority of underage students support efforts to curb underage drinking

Colleges are mandated to address underage college drinking and comply with the MLDA law (Minimum Legal Drinking Age). This appears to many parents to be in direct conflict with colleges that proudly push their ranking as a “prestigious” Top Party School in the Nation.

Consequences of Underage College Drinking

All college students who drink abusively experience negative consequences including the following:

  • Death – each year approximately 1,825 young adults between the ages of 18 – 24 die in alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including car accidents.
  • Injury – each year approximately 599,000 between the ages of 18 – 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.
  • Assault – each year approximately 696,000 students between the ages of 18 -24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking
  • Sexual Abuse – each year approximately 97,000 students between the ages of 18 – 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape
  • Unsafe Sex – Each year an estimated 400,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 have unprotected sex, and more than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex

What Can a Parent Do When Helping Their Child Choose a College?

Parents can research colleges before agreeing where they will spend their money. Parents know their children better than anyone else and realizing whether a child wants to attend a specific university strictly because of it’s party reputation should be apparent. There are many websites that give reliable data on the underage college drinking your child could be participating in while they are away from home.

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