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Alcohol use in College Communities

University of Iowa Data:

--More than 40% of Iowa 11th graders (35% of Johnson County 11th graders) have used alcohol at least one day in the past month.  32% have had 5 or more drinks on at least one day in the past month (29% of Johnson County 11th graders report this level of use)

--Students at the University of Iowa engage in high-risk (binge) drinking at rates far surpassing national averages.  Almost 70% of UI students engaged in high-risk (binge) drinking in the past two weeks, vs. 44% of college students nationally.

--Binge drinking reduces academic performance.  After controlling for measures of academic preparation, academic involvement, and other relevant characteristics, frequency of binge drinking by UI students is negatively associated with cumulative grade point average.

--High-rick drinkers at Iowa experience negative consequences at higher rates than their counterparts at other institutions.  Rates of blackouts (Iowa: 52% vs. 26% nationally), unplanned sex (37% vs. 20%), and injuring oneself (27% vs. 9%) illustrate the differences.

--Academic and other educationally purposeful experiences can reduce students' binge drinking.  Using the same statistical controls as above, as well as high school drinking behavior, these data demonstrate that participating in a living-learning community, being a member of the honors program, tutoring or teaching other students, and other activities are associated with lower levels of binge drinking.

--High risk drinkers at Iowa are more likely to experience a full range of health-related academic impediments (everything from colds and flu to depression) that lead to poorer academic performance than students who don't drink or who use in a lower risk manager.

--Blood alcohol concentration for students referred for students at Health Iowa range from .18 to .43 now compared to .12 to .25 five years ago.

National Data:

--Compared with their peers who never attended college, current college students are less likely to have been binge drinkers prior to their college years but more likely to binge drink once they entered college -- probably as a result of hte college environment.

--It is estimated that each year, more than 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.

--More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

--599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.

--College students cite the following as some of the primary effects of alcohol: it helps "break the ice" (77.2%); facilitates a connection with peers (61.8%); enhances social activity (75.6%); and facilitates sexual opportunities (53.9%)

--Episodes of high-risk (binge) drinking amung adults vary regionally (the Upper Midwest averages between 7-12 episodes per person per year compared to the South at about 3-7 episodes per person per year).

Sources for University of Iowa Data:

University of Iowa National College Health Assessment Data, Spring 2007

University of Iowa Student Health Interests and Practices Survey, 2006

Iowa Youth Survey

Research on Iowa Student Experiences (RISE)

Sources for National Data:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:  What Colleges Need to Know: An Update on College Drinking Research

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:  A Call to Action:  Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges

American Medical Association:  High-Risk Drinking in College

Monitoring the Future

The CORE Institute

 

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