College often brings significant change to the family dynamic. Communication between students and parents/guardians can be an essential component to navigating this intricate and exciting transition. Students will be faced with many choices as they explore and establish their own values, manage life within a new academic setting, establish new friendships, and integrate into a new living situation. Students are acclimating to a new level of freedom, responsibility, and accountability, while parents/guardians are witnessing their emerging adults leave the nest and embark on new journeys away from home, which requires patience and practice. Fortunately, our students and parents/guardians are now part of Loyola’s supportive environment, a place that is known for making these changes as seamless as possible.
Please refer to the Information and Partnerships page for the most up to date information about trends in alcohol and other drug use, behaviors, and characteristics of our newest generation (Gen Z) of college students.
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Prevalence of Alcohol Use Behaviors
According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH):
53.6 percent of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 drank alcohol in the past month
34.8 percent engaged in binge drinking (5 or more drinks on a single occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on an occasion for women) in the past month
9.7 percent engaged in heavy alcohol use (binge drinking on 5 or more days in the past month). These rates are higher than those for their non-college-attending peers.
Researchers estimate that each year:
1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes.
696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
Roughly 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for an AUD.
About 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.
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