Alcohol Statistics

KU Statistics

Data obtained from KU students via the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) in Spring 2015.

General Information

  • 5% report alcohol use as an academic impediment.
  • 73% report use of alcohol within the last 30 days.

Protective Behaviors

  • 58% report drinking 4 or fewer drinks the last time they "partied" or socialized.
  • 67% report keeping track of how many drinks they are consuming.
  • 84% report using a designated driver.
  • 85% report eating before and/or during drinking.
  • 90% report staying with the same group of friends the entire time drinking.

Negative Behaviors/Consequences

  • 30 % report that they forgot where they were or what they did when drinking alcohol.
  • 36% report binge drinking within the last two weeks.
  • 37% report that they did something they later regretted when drinking alcohol.

NOTE: The NCHA is administered to KU students every 2 years in the Spring semester.

National Statistics

Data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - College Drinking: Changing the Culture:

1,825 students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.

599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.

696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.

97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

400,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 had unprotected sex and more than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex.

About 25% of students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.


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