Issues Arising from Student Drinking
There are about 1,800 alcohol-related accidental deaths per year. This statistic incudes death from drunk-driving accidents. Another tragic cause of death is alcohol poisoning, made all the more senseless since it’s completely avoidable.
And the situation gets even more complicated. 696,000 students/year are assaulted by someone who’s been drinking. The number of sexual assaults involving drinking is around 97,000 per year. Although the figures are predominantly related to women, the problem does include men as well.
In this same arena, irresponsible and rash behavior, in which the students probably would not indulge were they sober, leads to unwanted pregnancies, the spread of STDs and the risk of becoming HIV positive. Alcohol induced behavior can also lead to criminal activity, even if the student was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time or completely unaware of their friend’s intensions.
Less catastrophically, about 25 percent of students who drink alcohol suffer academic setbacks from drinking, where they either fail completely or get lower grades than expected.
The bright spot is that, on campus where students are at risk, there is typically plenty of counseling and support available where students can get help. The question is, will they?