Alcohol Abuse at Indiana University : Facts and Statistics

29. January 2016

I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying  “there’s a time and a place for everything”. A lot of people decide that the time and the place for everything is in college. It is expected that students will experiment with drugs and alcohol throughout their college careers. Experimentation is normal, at that age many young adults are just beginning to figure out who they are. It’s a time for emotional and mental growth, meeting new friends, learning new things and maturing. College students will use their free time to do a variety of different things, including party.

Once again there is no real issue with this (minus the inevitable underage drinking), the real problem arises when the weekend party turns into a multiple day a week party, when the 3-4 beers turns into a 12 pack with a few jello shots. Issues arise when someone crosses the line from full time student and a part time drinker, to a full time drinker and a part time student. Alcohol abuse among college students is a real thing, at some universities it is far more prevalent of an issue.

Indiana University

Drinking in College

Almost all college students are affected by the alcohol consumption that takes place at colleges, whether they take part in the drinking or not. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Consumption 4 out of 5 college students drink alcohol, about half of the college student who drink binge drink. Binge drinking is consuming high quantities of alcohol over a one to three day span, most of this drinking is done on weekends.

Some addition statistics from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol consumption include

  • Death: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.
  • Assault: More than 690,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
  • Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
  • Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 receive unintentional injuries while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Academic Problems: About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.
  • Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use.

Alcohol Abuse at Indiana University

Indiana University has felt the harsh reality of alcohol abuse harder than some other colleges. With over 48,000 students enrolled it’s no surprise that parties are held on a daily basis, when some students leave they make the mistake of getting behind the wheel of a car and put their lives and the lives of others at risk.

Five students lost their lives in one semester at Indiana University due to alcohol abuse. These tragedies could’ve been avoided, but when one consumes alcohol their decision making is severely altered and emotions can become more intense as compared to when they are sober.. Suicide has become the number one cause of death among college students who are under the influence. Some of these students passed away due to alcohol poisoning while others were involved in drunk driving accidents.

The most important thing one can do for a loved one is be there for them when they need you, even be there when they don’t. Talk to your friends and you kids about the dangers of alcohol abuse. College is a time to explore new independence but that doesn’t mean it’s a time to be reckless.

Are You or a Loved One Struggling?

If you think a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse in college then do something about it today. Alcoholism and alcohol related deaths claim too many lives every day. Contact Intervention Services now at 1-877-478-4621 to start the process of getting help for you, your family and your loved one. You don’t need to wait for things to get worse. An intervention can stop the pain and chaos and help bring peace of mind to you and your family.