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Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

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Numerous studies have focused on the telling relationship between high-risk drinking and academics. 

According to the Higher Education Center:

  • College students who are in high academic standing drink less in almost all contexts that their peers who are in low academic standing.
  • First-year students admitted on probation consume more than first-year students in good academic standing.
  • College officials believe that alcohol is a factor in over 40 percent of all academic problems and 25 percent of drop-outs. 

Core Institute surveys established the following:

  • 20 percent of students responding to national surveys report they have done poorly on a test because of alcohol and drug use.
  • 30 percent of student respondents in the nation reported they had missed a class during the past 12 months because of drinking and/or drug use.
  • Among frequent binge drinkers completing the Core Survey (i.e., students who consumed 5 or more drinks on three or more occasions during the past week), 46 percent had fallen behind in school and over 60 percent had missed a class because of drinking.

Harvard's College Alcohol Survey finds that students with below average grades drink three times as much as college students with a 4.0 grade point average.

The bottom line is that high-risk alcohol use can jeopardize both student learning and the institutional mission.