Time to Talk to Your College Student About Drinking
Time to Talk to Your College Kid About Drinking
With college back in session, it is time to have a serious discussion with your college student about the dangers of drinking.
The U.S. is experiencing a big problem with college students drinking to dangerous levels. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, conducted a survey that revealed close to 32 million adults in the United States consume more than double the number of drinks considered to be binge drinking on at least one occasion. This 2013 survey shows that about 13 percent of the U.S. population aged 18 and older are drinking at levels posing serious consequences for their health.
Binge drinking is considered, for women, having four or more drinks on an occasion. For men, binge drinking is considered five or more drinks on one occasion. tied to increase health and safety risks. Around 90,000 people die from alcohol each year. Furthermore, 50,000 of those individuals died from injuries and overdoses associated with high blood alcohol levels. The dangers of binge drinking cannot be understated. It is reported that people drinking at binge levels have much higher risks of:
- Needing an alcohol-related emergency room trip;
- Having an alcohol use disorder;
- Arrest or other legal problems due to alcohol use;
- Being the driver in a crash involving alcohol; or
- Being injured due to consuming alcohol.
While specifically studying the effects binge drinking has on college campuses, the NIAA found staggering statistics on the consequences of drinking to dangerous levels.
- Around 1,825 college students ranging in age between 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries. This includes injuries sustained in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes.
- Around 696,000 students ranging in age between 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
- Around 97,000 students ranging in age between 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
The numbers speak for themselves. The dangers of binge drinking are very real. This type of alcohol use can suppress areas of the brain in charge of basic life-support functions, including breathing and heart rate. It is scary and it is a problem on college campuses across the country.
If your child has been involved in an alcohol-related incident, call the dedicated Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley. We are here for you and your family in times when you need sound legal counsel the most. Contact Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley today online, or call 615-893-1331 to schedule a free consultation.