National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

The third week in October has been designated National College Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW). This year that falls on October 17th through the 21st. Over 1,000 campuses across the U.S. are participating this year.

The purpose of NCAAW is to raise awareness and teach students about alcohol abuse, drunk driving, and other dangers surrounding substance abuse in college. Schools host social and educational events for students to help them learn about safe, responsible and healthy choices when it comes to alcohol.

College Drinking Statistics

According to, it is estimated that, each year among college students between the ages of 18 and 24:

  • 1,825 die from alcohol-related accidents and injuries every year
  • 696,000 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking
  • 97,000 report being the victim of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape

Additionally, about 20% of college students meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder (AUD), and about one in four students report suffering academically as a result of drinking, with consequences such as:

  • Lower overall grades
  • Falling behind in classes
  • Missing class
  • Doing poorly on papers or exams

Drinking Safety Tips

  • Always eat before you drink.
  • Have a plan for getting home. If you are depending on a designated driver, have a backup plan in case they wind up drinking or ditching you.
  • Never accept a ride from someone who has been drinking.
  • Always keep an eye on your drink. Take it to the bathroom with you if you have to. This applies to males, too.
  • Be aware that one drink may be more than you think.
  • Use the buddy system. Always have a friend with you when you attend a drinking event.
  • Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Learn more by reading How to Drink Responsibly – the Definitive Guide.

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With a background as a paralegal, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights, Sandra Dalton launched her freelance writing career in 2000 with a weekly column on Freedom for Suite 101 and pro bono projects for individuals and organizations supporting causes close to her heart. One of her first projects was for the Police Compliant Center writing about police misconduct. Sandra’s legal writing quickly expanded to include personal injury, animal welfare, criminal defense, disability discrimination, family law and much more.