According to the 2012 Monitoring the Future Study, 81% of college students have tried alcohol at least once in their lifetime and 70% report they have been drunk. More important, perhaps, is the occurrence of binge drinking – 37% of college students report binge drinking (having consumed five or more drinks in a row at least once in the two-weeks prior to completing the survey).
After years of relatively stable levels, trends in alcohol consumption among college students increased slightly in 2012. Among college students the long term gradual decline across all prevalence rates measured – from 1991 to 2012 – showed one year increases in annual and monthly alcohol consumption, as well as binge drinking. However, lifetime alcohol consumption among college students remains at the record low the level of 81%. Since 1991 annual consumption declined 10%, monthly alcohol consumption has declined 9% and binge drinking among college students has declined even more over this same period of time – down 13% from 43% to 37% in 2012. (Source: University of Michigan, Monitoring the Future, 2013)
Further, the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health highlights that 14% of college students reported episodes of heavy drinking, that is, binge drinking on five or more occasions in the past month.
The Monitoring the Future Study (2005-2012) revealed 14% of college students reported they have consumed 10 or more drinks in a row at least once in the past two weeks and 5% reported consuming 15 or more drinks in a row. (Source: NIDA, Monitoring the Future, 1975-2012: Volume II, College Students and Adults Ages 19-50, 2013)
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