Lowered stats show university’s concern

In 1991, the National Institute on Drug Abuse conducted a survey that showed 43% of college students have a problem with binge drinking. They’ve conducted national surveys in the years since then and annually compile them with the years before to see if the number students that have this problem have increased of decreased.

Is alcohol worth it? Graphic by Caitlin Lewis.

The majority of college students don’t drink and party as much as they are perceived to. The reason college students get the reputation they do is from the few cases that get blown out of proportion. The few that do don’t consider the risks that are associated with alcohol either; or they only briefly consider them and think that they’re invincible.

Many people know that alcohol is bad for their health and that it can be very dangerous to their body. The things they forget are how bad it can be — they just remember the general gist that they learn in school. They also don’t think about it having effects on not only themselves but other people as well. There are some hardcore facts and statistics out there that could really alter a person if they really took them in, like:

  • Among spousal violence victims, three out of four incidents were reported to have involved alcohol use by the offender
  • Alcohol is involved in 50% of all driving fatalities
  • Four in 10 criminal offenders report alcohol as a factor in violence

Colleges and universities noticed some of the climbing numbers and saw that things had to be changed. Since then they have taken many measures to make those changes. Students have started to put together efforts that make incoming students aware of alcohol usage and the dangers involved with it. There are group and private counseling instructors that are available for students, as well as various other programs students take, one being AlcoholEdu.

These efforts have made several improvements concerning college students. There are fewer fatalities caused by alcohol use, as well as nonfatal injuries. Schools all across the US have many benefits from this as well, as students focus more on getting better grades and the school keeps a good reputation.

Colleges and universities must be taking the right steps; since originally starting the survey in 1991, and up to 2009, the percentage of students who report binge drinking has decreased 14%.