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Magnitude of Alcohol-Related Mortality and Morbidity among U.S. College Students Ages 18-24

College Drinking Statistical Papers

Alcohol-related unintentional injury deaths
As explained below, we estimate that in 1998 there were approximately 1,400 unintentional, alcohol-related fatal injuries among college students ages 18-24: approximately 1,100 traffic and 300 nontraffic unintentional, alcohol related fatal injuries.
Motor vehicle crash deaths
The NHSDA survey revealed that, in the year prior to the survey, a significantly greater percentage of 18-24 year old college students, compared with same age noncollege respondents, drank five or more drinks on a single occasion in the past month (41.7% vs 36.5%) and drove under he influence of alcohol (26.5% vs 19.8%).

Unintentional nontraffic deaths
In the NHSDA survey, 18-24 year old college students and same age noncollege students were equally likely to experience alcohol-related health problems (1.9% vs 2.0%).

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at NIH has long been recognized as a national leader in research on harmful drinking among college students.  NIAAA developed www.CollegeDrinkingPrevention.gov as a one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students, with online tools for parents, students, administrators and more. 


Blood alcohol content is usually expressed as a percentage of ethanol in the blood in units of mass of alcohol per volume of blood or mass of alcohol per mass of blood, depending on the country. For instance, in North America a BAC of 0.1 (0.1% or one tenth of one percent) means that there are 0.10 g of alcohol for every dL of blood.



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