It’s true: 80 percent of college students drink.
You know what else is true? Drinking on campus is responsible for more than 1,800 deaths.
Almost 600,000 are injured. Even more are assaulted by somebody under the influence.
Truthfully, it’s not how many students drink. It’s how many students drink to excess. Fifty percent of college students have drank at least four drinks in two hours over the past two weeks. That’s called binge drinking. And it’s a big problem.
Maybe you think it doesn’t apply to you. Have you ever done anything you wished you hadn’t because of alcohol? Gotten a lousy grade? Had unprotected sex? Wound up in a fight? Needed medical attention?
That’s not supposed to happen.
At Johns Hopkins University, we’re doing everything we can to make a typical weekend less typical. Alcohol abuse is a huge concern for us: We’re working with fraternities, sororities, and other organizations to curb excessive drinking at off-campus events; we’re increasing our focus on programs we offer through CHEW and Res Life; and we’ve started offering the time-tested BASICS program, Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, to help students who have run into trouble with alcohol in the past.