Excessive Drinking Costs U.S. Colleges Millions Annually
MONDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- The emergency room costs of treating college students with injuries associated with alcohol-induced blackouts can be more than half a million dollars a year at a university with 40,000 or more students, a new study found.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison study included 954 college students who were heavy drinkers. In the 28 days before the start of the study, male participants drank an average of 81.8 drinks and female participants drank an average of 58.7 drinks.
In the year before the study, 52 percent of males and 50 percent of females had experienced an alcohol-induced blackout.
During the two-year study, 30 percent of males and 27 percent of females reported visiting an emergency department at least once. Their injuries ranged from broken bones to head and brain injuries.Read entire article...