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College Drinking Deaths Are On The Rise

June 17, 2009

Going to bars, fraternity parties, and finding fake ID’s are what some consider part of the college experience.  But a new study shows the dangerous social activities contribute to rising numbers of accidental deaths among university students across the nation.

Drinking-related accidental deaths among 18 to 24 year old students are climbing annually, rising from 1,440 in 1998 to 1,825 in 2005. There’s also a growing percentage of students who admit to binge drinking and driving.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is aware of the issue; they conducted a study of 15 college campuses with serious student drinking issues. They suggest campuses provide counseling for students with serious alcohol issues and higher law enforcement control in the campus communities. Researchers say it will take a combination of prevention methods to make a successful impact.

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