Reducing College Student Drinking and Driving- Can Schools Help?

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Underage drinking, binge drinking, drinking and driving are common problems at college campuses nationwide. According to Alabama Public Radio (APR), drinking remains one of the biggest health risks for students—80 percent of college aged students are drinking alcohol and more than one-third of college students have admitted to binge drinking. Alcohol on college campuses can also lead to other dangerous or criminal activities, including sexual assault and violent crimes.

While some chalk up college drinking to an inevitable part of the experience, college drinking can result in injury and criminal charges, including drinking and driving. Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys are dedicated to providing experienced and strategic defense to individuals who have been pulled over and charged with drinking and driving. We are committed to providing the best possible defense for our clients and are interested in social issues that influence drinking and driving behaviors.

According to a report from Alabama Public Radio, most universities acknowledge the risk of college drinking—but have they done enough to curb dangerous drinking behaviors? Researchers have found that certain efforts to reduce college binge drinking have been effective on campuses nationwide. Interventions may range from online educational opportunities, personalized student assessments and general outreach programs to prevent dangerous drinking patterns. Evidence suggests that colleges with more comprehensive outreach programs have successfully reduced drinking-related accidents and crimes.

Schools have made efforts at the individual level, in groups, and in larger outreach programs online and publicly. For young students who have not been exposed to alcohol prior to college, education can be critical in understanding the risks. While most students know the dangers of drinking and driving, they may not know when they have gone over the legal limit or what steps to take to reduce their blood-alcohol concentration.

The APR reports that authors of a new study are promoting additional intervention to reduce underage drinking and binge drinking on college campuses. Some colleges are requiring that students go through online training and education. There are also individualized intervention programs tailored to meet the needs of students based on prior drinking patterns or gender, for example. While some colleges take a broad approach to providing information and intervention opportunities, some are not doing enough. Drinking problems on campus can lead to serious consequences for students including alcohol dependency, drinking and driving accidents, sexual assault, violent crimes, and other drinking related accidents.

If you are a college student or have a college-aged child, it is important to know the risks of drinking, especially when it comes to drinking and driving. One night of bad decision-making can result in criminal charges and severe criminal penalties. Even worse, young people can suffer serious bodily harm or cause harm to others if they get behind the wheel after drinking. In the event of an arrest or criminal charges, college students should seek professional legal counsel to protect their rights in the criminal justice system and to mitigate charges and penalties. Students may make mistakes, but criminal allegations should not permanently damage their record or diminish future employment opportunities.

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