Beer pong and funneling have become synonymous with college. And the perception is not unfounded. New research shows heavy drinking among college kids is steadily on the rise.
Writing in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, experts say drinking-related deaths in college students, ages 18 to 24, have jumped from 1,440 a year in 1998 to 1,825 in 2005.
Between those two dates the number of students who binged on alcohol moved from 42% to 45%, and the proportion of kids admitting to driving drunk rose from 26% to 29%.
Also, researchers suspect 700,000 assaults and 100,000 sexual assaults on college students each year may be linked to intoxication. They insist the whole culture of drinking in college needs to change, urging society to take more responsibility for drinking among young people.
Now, not to long ago I was a college kid, but I always kept in mind it was an amazing opportunity, I treated it like it was sacred, and I still had lots of fun. I used my head! If you can't, the world could always use more fry machine operators.