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Alcohol Facts and Stats

Alcohol Facts and Stats

Alcohol Facts and Stats


  • Every year, college students spend $5.5 billion dollars on alcohol, mostly beer. This is more than they spend on books, soda pop, coffee, juice, and milk combined, averaging $466 per student per year.
  • College students drink an estimated 4 billion cans of beer annually.
  • The total amount of alcohol consumed by college students each year is 430 million gallons, enough for every college and university in the United States to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool.
  • As many as 360,000 of the nation's 12 million undergraduates will die from alcohol-related causes while in school. This is more than the number who will receive M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.
  • Nearly half of all college students are binge drinkers.
  • Beer manufacturers spend an estimated $15-20 million annually to promote their products to college students.
  • Almost 4% of all college students drink alcohol daily.
  • Studies show that fraternity members drink more often and more heavily than other college students.
  • The number of college women who drink to get drunk has more than tripled in the past ten years, rising from 10% to 35%.
  • On America's college campuses, alcohol is a factor in 40% of all academic problems, and 28% of all dropouts.
  • A daily glass of wine can increase your weight by as much as 10 pounds a year.
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is one of the leading causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities in the United States, and is the largest single cause of mental retardation in the Western Hemisphere.
  • 75% of male students and 55% of female students involved in acquaintance rape had been drinking or using drugs at the time.
  • On the positive side, there is a small but significant downward trend in alcohol use on America's campuses. In 1985 the percentage of college students who had consumed alcohol in the previous 30 days was 80.3%. By 1990 that number had declined to 74.5%, and continues to decline each year.