Drunk Driving Accident Prevention: Female College Students at Higher Risk for Binge Drinking

20 June 2013

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Category: Drunk Driving

In a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the rate of binge drinking among 18 to 25-year-olds was 39.8 percent. Historically, men have represented the largest number of binge drinkers.

According to a study from Harvard Medical School, however, binge drinking may be becoming a larger problem amongst women when it comes to college students.

Binge Drinking

Binge drinking is defined as having a blood alcohol content level at 0.08 or above. In adults, this typically means consuming at least four for females and at least five for men within two hours.

College Age Binge Drinking The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) report that 44 percent of students attending a four-year college drink at the binge level or greater. Drinking to get drunk is listed as an important reason among 48 percent of college age drinkers. According to this report, binge drinkers consume 91 percent of all reported alcohol consumed on college campuses.

992 college students were included in the Harvard Medical School study. The recommended limit of servings of alcohol used for the study included three drinks a day or seven a week for women and four drinks a day or seven a week for men.

According to the report, alcohol consumption dropped off over time for male students but did not decrease for women.

The Beginning of a Larger Problem

According to the CSPI report, students that become intoxicated prior to age 19 are more likely to become alcohol dependent. However, the most alarming statistic is that these young binge drinkers are more likely to agree to ride with a driver who is drunk or drive while intoxicated.

Approximately 1,700 college students die each year in alcohol related incidents most commonly in vehicle crashes. This statistic may be of interest to Florida residents as there are almost 126 colleges, universities and technical schools located in the state.

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The best course of action with respect to driving while drunk is education and prevention. Unfortunately, even the most responsible people may be seriously injured due to the poor judgment of a drunk driver.

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