At US Colleges, Binge Drinking Is on the Rise

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According to findings published in July in a special issue of Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, drunk driving and binge drinking are on the rise among students across the United States. The study, conducted by Ralph Hingson, Sc.D., M.P.H., and colleagues, relays that over the first half of the decade binge drinking, drunk driving, and alcohol related deaths were on the rise, despite a variety of prevention programs. Specifically, from 1999 to 2005 the percentage of students ages 18-24 that binge drink rose from 41.7% to 44.7%. Drunk driving among this age group rose from 26.5% to 28.9%. The researchers commenting on the study’s findings said, “It does not appear that marked progress has been made in reducing the rates of alcohol-related mortality and morbidity among 18- to 24-year-old college students.” Click here to read an article from ScienceDaily.com that discusses the study further.

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