College Drinking and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the intellectual and social lives of students on campuses across the United States.

Drinking at college has become a ritual that students often see as an integral part of their higher education experience. Many students come to college with established drinking habits, and the college environment can exacerbate the problem.

According to a national survey, almost 60 percent of college students ages 18–22 drank alcohol in the past month and almost 2 out of 3 of them engaged in binge drinking during that same time frame.

Researchers estimate that each year: Death About 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes.

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