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Campus Safety


Underage Drinking

Campus Safety

What is underage drinking?

What is the issue?

School problems, such as higher rates of absences or lower grades.Social problems, such as fighting or lack of participation in youth activities.Legal problems, such as arrest for driving or physically hurting someone while drunk.Physical problems, such as hangovers or illnesses.Unwanted, unplanned, and unprotected sexual activity.Disruption of normal growth or sexual development.

Physical and sexual violence.Increased risk of suicide and homicide.Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes and other unintentional injuries, such as burns, falls, or drowning.Memory problems.Misuse of other substances.Changes in brain development that may have life-long effects.Alcohol poisoning.

https://www.cdc.govU.S. Department of Health & Human Services

4,300Deaths per Year

Alcohol is a factor in the deaths of approximately4,300 people under 21 in the United Statesper year.


drank alcohol

engaged in binge drinking


According to the 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

full-time college students ages 18 to 22

Consequences of Underage College Drinking include:

Although estimating the number of alcohol-related sexual assaults is exceptionally challenging—since sexual assault is typically underreported—researchers have confirmed a long-standing finding that 1 in 5 college women experience sexual assault during their time in college. A majority of sexual assaults in college involve alcohol or other substances.

The most recent NIAAA statistics estimate that about 696,000 students ages 18 to 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.

About 1 in 4 college students report experiencing academic difficulties from drinking, such as missing class or getting behind in schoolwork.

Around 15% of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 meet the criteria for past-year alcohol use disorder (AUD), according to the 2022 NSDUH

Academic Problems


Acohol Use Disorder

Sexual Assault

Does it really matter?

As part of a hazing ritual by his fraternity leaders, 18-year-old Philip Dhanens was locked in a room with fifteen others and were told they couldn’t leave until they had drank all of the alcohol. Dhanens had only been at the college for two weeks before he died.

Yes, because it can happen to you too

College student Megan Helal was 19 and underage when she visited her boyfriend at his university and drank herself to death at a fraternity party. She was believed to have consumed between ten and seventeen vodka drinks.

peer pressure


lack of awareness

Social influence leading to alcohol consumption.

Emotional strain contributing to unhealthy coping mechanisms.

Insufficient understanding of alcohol's risks and consequences.

Factors Contributing to underage drinking

How will you address drinking in your personal safety plan?