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According to the Centers for Disease Control:
- Binge drinking prevalence (28.2%) and intensity (9.3 drinks) use is high among persons aged 18-24 years.
- Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men over a short period of time.
- Binge drinking is a risk factor for sexual assault, especially among young women in college settings. Each year, about 1 in 20 college women are sexually assaulted. Binge drinking also increases the chances of car crashes, violence against others, unintended pregnancies, and the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.
- Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused substance among youth in the United States, more than tobacco and illicit drugs.
- Teens and young adults who do not get enough sleep are at risk for automobile crashes, poor grades and performance in school, depressed moods, and problems with peer and adult relationships.
Find out more about healthy and safety issues for college students at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site.