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College drinking statistics

College drinking statistics (including college binge drinking facts) are tracked by both government and private sector organizations.

Here, we provide you with the Top 5 sources for finding college drinking statistics, including trends and even mortality rates. We welcome your questions at the end, and invite you to add more sources for up-to-date drinking statistics here.

1. The National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA)

The NIAAA is part of the National Institutes of Health, under the Department of Health and Human Services. The NIAAA sponsors the Statistical Snapshot of College Drinking and the Underage Drinking Research Initiative. These two programs are fundamentally great sources for statistics about college and underage drinking.

2. College Drinking Prevention [dot] GOV

Although this website is geared toward university administrators, there are lots of useful facts, figures and analysis. The site includes a statistical overview of the consequences of college drinking in an easy-to-read and use format. Some of the information is duplicated from the NIAAA’s web site, as the NIAAA sponsors the College Drinking Prevention site.

3. College Drinking and Drug Use

Over 30 contributors. Hundreds of references to college drinking studies. Federal, university and private sponsors.

College Drinking and Drug Use is the go-to-reference for the most recent findings and questions about college drinking. You will find statistics and analysis of college drinking, plus the foremost research on prevention, policy and psycho-social implications of college drinking. A must read for anyone who works with college drinkers in a university, clinical, or research setting. Or anyone who wants to learn about the issues.

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4. OAS [dot] SAMHSA [dot] GOV

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Not only can you find statistic here on college drinking, but you can expand your research to include the context of the full range of American drinking patterns. A must have for any statistics seeker.

5. The Centers for Disease Control

Check out the FAST STATS for alcohol use based on the Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults & National Health Interview Survey or the Alcohol and Public Health section of the CDC website. Both offer useful statistics, as well as references to other trustworthy sources of data.

College drinking statistics questions

Do you still have questions about college drinking statistics? We’d be happy to help. Please leave your questions, comments or suggestions about where to find college drinking statistics below. We respond to all legitimate queries with a personal and prompt response.

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2 Responses to “College drinking statistics
Nick Mitchell
4:03 pm March 20th, 2012

College binge drinking and alcohol addiction seems to be on the rise, i am a recent college grad and have been in this position and a have had to seek help in alcohol recovery.

4:15 am March 21st, 2012

Hi Nick. I agree. From what I’ve read, college drinking has been “normalized” and reflects and overall trend of increased alcohol use. But what is interesting is that same age college peers who do no attend alcohol DO NOT engage in risky drinking behaviors, such as binge drinking.

Good luck in alcohol recovery! Let us know how we can help.

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