More than a million US college students drink every day, says new study

June 1, 2016

Roughly 1.4 million college students will drink alcohol on any given day, according to new data from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and more than 900 K students will get stoned. The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham notes that this behaviour “isn’t necessarily a problem … [as] most college drinkers and drug users graduate on to their next phase of life without suffering any adverse consequences from all those nights at the bar.” Yet alcohol and drug use are closely associated with higher dropout rates, and data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism shows that college-age drinking was a contributing factor in 690,000 assaults, 97,000 sexual assaults, and 150,000 alcohol-related health problems. National Post