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."
Nearly 700,000 students on college campuses are assaulted by other students who have been drinking, and 97,000 students are victims of alcohol-related "sexual assault or date rape," according to the study. Excess alcohol also keeps campus and local police busy, it was reported, with 110,000 college students arrested annually for alcohol-related violations, such as driving under the influence or public drunkenness.