College drinking has long been a concern for many parents, universities, and public health officials. A recent survey of incoming college students has shed some light on how many of these students are engaging in high-risk drinking. This article will discuss the percentage of incoming college students who report being frequent, high-risk drinkers.
Percentage of Incoming College Students Who Are High-Risk Drinkers
The survey, conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), found that nearly one-third of incoming college students report being high-risk drinkers. This includes students who report having five or more drinks in one sitting at least once a month. The survey also found that male students were more likely to report high-risk drinking than female students.
The survey also found that the percentage of students who reported being high-risk drinkers was highest among freshmen and sophomores. Among freshmen, 36.7 percent reported being high-risk drinkers, while among sophomores, the percentage was 33.2 percent. The percentage of high-risk drinkers decreased for each successive year of college.
Results of College Drinking Survey
The survey also found that a majority of students who reported being high-risk drinkers also reported experiencing negative consequences as a result of their drinking. These consequences included missing class, having unprotected sex, and engaging in physical fights. In addition, the survey found that students who reported being high-risk drinkers also reported lower grades than their peers who did not report being high-risk drinkers.
The survey also found that a majority of students who reported being high-risk drinkers also reported that they had received alcohol-related counseling or had been referred for alcohol-related treatment in the past year. This suggests that many students are aware of the risks associated with high-risk drinking and are taking steps to reduce their drinking.
The results of this survey suggest that a significant percentage of incoming college students report being frequent, high-risk drinkers. It is important for universities and public health officials to be aware of this issue and to take steps to reduce the prevalence of high-risk drinking among college students. This can include providing alcohol-related counseling and treatment services, as well as implementing policies and programs that promote responsible drinking.