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Recent reports indicate that binge drinking is up on college campuses across the United States. According to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism , as reported in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs:

  • Drinking-related deaths among students aged 18 to 24 years have increased steadily from 1,440 a year in 1998 to 1,825 in 2005.
  • The proportion of students who said they’d binged on alcohol in the past month going up from 42 to 45 percent.
  • The proportion of students who admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol rose from about 26 to 29 percent.
  • There are probably 700,000 students who are assaulted each year by a drinking college student and 100,000 sexual assaults that are linked to college drinking.

Thankfully, Minnesota hasn’t seen the increased number of deaths as a result that it did in past years. The study didn’t address individual states, so this issue will have to be watched by all colleges.


  1. Gravatar for Mike Bryant

    No problem, let me know where it's posted. Thanks to both of you for taking the time to read and comment.

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