Alcohol and the Law
People "under the influence" of alcohol or other drugs are dangerous - to themselves and to others.
Each year, college students spend $5.5 billion on alcohol - three times the amount spent on books. Students under the age of 21 violate the law when they drink. Besides breaking the law, many abuse alcohol, endangering their health and safety. Excessive drinking is hazardous to nondrinkers too - they suffer from vandalism, physical assault, unwanted sexual advances and rape. Studies show that alcohol is involved in:
- 95% of all campus violent crime
- 90% of rapes, where alcohol was used by the assailant, victim or both.
The immediate effects of alcohol depend on how much and how fast you drink. Effects may include:
- loss of muscle control
- poor coordination
- impaired judgment and reasoning
- loss of inhibitions
Drinking and driving is a major cause of deaths and injuries among young people. Half of all fatal crashes involve a driver who's been drinking. Other problems associated with alcohol include:
- loss of driver's license
- vandalism, violence, and legal problems
- expulsion from school
- poor grades
- poor health
- accidents and injuries
Mixing alcohol and other drugs can have unpredictable and dangerous results. Remember drinking is illegal for people under the age of 21. Obey state, local and campus rules about alcohol use. A violation of the law is a violation of College policy.