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Alcohol-related injuries caused by college students are common

If you went to college, you know what it's like to be young with a lot of newfound freedom to do whatever you want. You may have seen a lot of your fellow students use their freedom to go overboard with drinking.

However, the consequences of underage drinking in college are severe. Not only do university students endanger their own lives, they endanger the health and safety of others. That is especially true when they get behind the wheel while drunk.

Alcohol poisoning is a common problem on college campuses, and thousands of students get rushed to emergency rooms for it throughout the country every year. There are also the deaths and injuries that result from underage drinking and driving and alcohol-related accidents. Here are some of the direct consequences to students affected by college drinking:

  • Approximately 1,825 college-age students die from alcohol-related injuries annually. These figures include drunk driving accidents.
  • Approximately 696,000 students get assaulted every year by drunk students.
  • Approximately 97,000 students get sexually assaulted due to alcohol every year. This figure includes reported instances of date rape.

The problem of drinking in college is widespread. It affects all students either directly because they have been drinking or indirectly because they have had some kind of interaction with a student who was drunk. Sixty percent of students between the ages of 18 and 22 say they drank in the last 30 days, and 33 percent of them say that they binge drank.

If you or your loved one were injured by a drunk college student, you might want to learn about your right to pursue financial claims in court against the person who caused your injuries. When victims of drunk drivers and other alcohol-related injuries understand their legal rights, they can fight for justice and financial restitution in court.

Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, "College Drinking," accessed Jan. 04, 2018

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