Hazardous Drinking and Sexual Assault Essay

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Heavy drinking among college students has been a problem and studies have indicated this for several years (Turrisi, Mallett, Mastroleo, & Larimer, 2006). This topic continues to be a crucial subject of study. Hingson, Heeren, Zakocs, Kopstein, and Wechsler (2002) suggest that approximately 1,400 college students between 18 and 24 passed away in 1998 from alcohol related injuries. Hingson et al. found 112,000 arrests among college students aged 18 to 24 in 1999 for alcohol related crimes. Hingson et al. also reported 630,000 assaults of students between the ages of 18 and 24, 400,000 students had unprotected sex due to drinking, and there were 70,000 victims of sexual assault. Hingson et al.’s study used records held by the Center for …show more content…
This indicates that if college students drive more under the influence then traffic injury deaths may be higher because they estimated traffic injury deaths at the same rate as all 18 to 24 year olds. The authors suggest other reasons why rates might be reduced as well including lack of information in the medical examiner studies and low-response rates to the surveys. A follow-up study looked to see if there were changes between 1998 and 2001 (Hingson, Heeren, Winter, & Wechsler, 2005). The follow-up study indicated increases in deaths from alcohol related injuries, those hit or assaulted, and sexual assaults among college students 18 to 24. Hingson et al. (2005) explained that the increase in alcohol related injuries was significant and could not be attributed to changes in the population. The 2009 National Survey of Counseling Center Directors by Gallagher (2010) surveyed 302 centers. In the report, counseling center directors have identified increases over the past five years in drug use, alcohol abuse, and on-campus sexual assault concerns among other problems. If there has been an increase of substance use in college students over the past five years then the data provided by Hingson et al. and Hingson et al. (2005) are likely conservative numbers based on the increase and based on the reasons they provide in their studies. The concerns of college counseling
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