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College Drinking

While your son or daughter attends Purdue, it is important to talk with him or her about studying, getting involved in co-curricular activities, and making the most of his or her Purdue education.  It is also an important and appropriate time to discuss alcohol.

How does high-risk drinking affect college students?  Here are some startling statistics:

Based on yearly estimates from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA):  

  • Death: 1,825 college students die from alcohol-related injuries
  • Injury: 599,000 students are injured while under the influence of alcohol
  • Assault: More than 696,000 students are assaulted by another student who has been drinking
  • Academic Problems: About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking, such as missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall

How will an alcohol-related arrest affect students’ future opportunities?

  • Arrest records are permanent.
  • For students who intend on graduating in education, aviation, nursing, pharmacy, and some other fields:  Even a minor alcohol violation may impact certification, licensure, or future employment.
  • If your student plans on applying to graduate or another professional school:  Admissions offices often call the University to see if there are any conduct issues on students’ permanent records.

Many well-paying positions with excellent fringe benefits in federal and state governmental agencies require security background checks; an arrest record might make a difference in whether an applicant is selected.

The bottom line:  Talk to your student about consequences.

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