Alcoholism & Addiction

College Binge Drinking

While binge drinking continues to be a growing problem among college students, some believe that universities and colleges are missing the mark in their fight against this activity on campus. A new study suggests that binge drinking on campus leads to 500,000 injuries in just one year in the U.S.

The Windsor Star recently published a piece that suggests that the use of blanket efforts may not be enough to put a stop to the consumption or prevent alcohol-related injuries. According to study authors, universities need to be able to pinpoint students who are most at risk and perform basic interventions.

Marlon P. Mundt, assistant scientist in the department of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-author for the study, noted that roughly 2.8 million college students in the U.S. drove while under the influence within the last 12 months.

Mundt also highlighted that his study demonstrates that university administrations and student associations should not focus their efforts solely on trying to encourage students to drink less. To achieve success in prevention, the frequency of consumption and an individual’s sensation-seeking disposition have to be considered along with the quantity consumed when assessing the potential for injury.

“There’s a particular subset of students who are very likely to suffer alcohol-related injuries,” Mundt said in the Windsor Star.. “If we’re going to focus efforts on reducing injuries, we have to recognize that this subset of heavy frequent drinkers with a high sensation-seeking disposition is really putting themselves at high risk.”

In the study, Mundt and his colleagues determined that students who compound the risks of frequent drinking with those of heavy drinking are at the highest risk of injury. In fact, the data suggests that 30 to 40 percent of students who are considered frequent, heavy drinkers are getting injured.

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