Skip to content

One in five college students have driven drunk

By Greg Goodsell
6/3/2010 (7 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Alcohol abuse among the young remains growing concern

The next time you see a car on the road with a college bumper sticker or license plate holder, you may want to give that driver considerable space. A recent study on college students who drink and drive has proven to be extremely sobering.

Researchers looked at instances of college students riding with a driver under the influence, driving after drinking alcohol and driving while intoxicated. All of these behaviors were found to be common.

Researchers looked at instances of college students riding with a driver under the influence, driving after drinking alcohol and driving while intoxicated. All of these behaviors were found to be common.

Highlights

By Greg Goodsell
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
6/3/2010 (7 years ago)

Published in College & University


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The University of Maryland's School of Public Health studied more than 1,200 students over four years. Researchers looked at instances of riding with a driver under the influence, driving after drinking alcohol and driving while intoxicated. All of these behaviors were found to be common. "In the preceding year, nearly half of underage students with access to a car drove after having anything to drink and one in five drove while intoxicated," University of Maryland Center on Young Adult Health and Development Director Amelia M. Arria says. "For instance, at 20 years of age, eight percent drove after drinking any alcohol, and 20 percent drove while intoxicated. Moreover, among all 20-year-olds -- regardless of car access -- 43 percent rode with an intoxicated driver." Males were more likely to engage in these behaviors than females. "There were noticeable increases in all three measures of alcohol-related traffic risk . when students reached the legal drinking age of 21," Arria says. "Our findings call into question the assertions of some advocates who claim that lowering the drinking age to 18 would be a useful strategy for reducing harm associated with alcohol consumption. The present findings are consistent with numerous prior studies showing that increased availability of alcohol is associated with a greater level of problems especially underage drinking-and-driving fatal crashes."
 
Arria says the study strengthen the argument to keep the drinking age at 21, and that lowering the drinking age would create a ripe environment for additional alcohol-related traffic incidences.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.


Comments



More College

Finding the right College

There's no magic formula for choosing a college, but there are steps you can take to find a good fit. Use this tool to start your journey.

Latest College News

Loras College announces new business school

Image of The College is now accepting students for the fall 2018 semester.

Already known for its legacy of successful, community-driven leaders, Loras College, Iowa's first college and the second oldest Catholic ... continue reading


Georgetown apologizes for mass slave auctions to pay off Catholic University debts Watch

Image of Georgetown apologized to ancestors of slaves sold to Louisiana to pay off Georgetown University debts.

One hundred and seventy-nine years ago, two Jesuit priests sold 272 persons at a slave auction. Their families were torn apart: many of ... continue reading


Pope Francis to university students: keep hope alive

Image of

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday visited one of Rome's major institutions of higher education today: the  Università degli ... continue reading


BREAKING: UCLA on lockdown after shooting on campus Watch

Image of UCLA is on lockdown.

The UCLA campus has been put on lockdown after reports of a shooter in the university's Boelter Hall were released via social media. ... continue reading


Christian students in U.S. not allowed to speak to other students without permits Watch

Image of Christian liberties denied at North Carolina State University (Wikipedia).

In a move reminiscent of the early 1900s, North Carolina State University segregated a student Christian group from the rest of the student ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.