Higher-education officials are hoping to reduce alcohol-related deaths and injuries with online alcohol awareness courses that inform and test students on the adverse effects of excessive drinking.

The initiatives at colleges from coast to coast coincide with research indicating the scope of alcohol-related problems. According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 1,700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year in alcohol-related incidents (including motor vehicle accidents), and about 600,000 students are "unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol."

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