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31 July 2006

4 in 5 US students drink

Although 80 percent of US college students drink alcohol, less than 13 percent say they have been hurt or damaged property after they imbibe, a new survey of 28 000 students finds.

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Although 80 percent of US college students drink alcohol, less than 13 percent say they have been hurt or damaged property after they imbibe, a new survey of 28 000 students finds.

The Associated Press reported Saturday that the study involving 44 colleges and universities found 73 percent of those students who do drink protect themselves by using designated drivers, limiting what they spend at bars, counting drinks, and expecting friends to speak up if someone has had too much.

Michael Haines, of the National Social Norms Resource Centre, noted some protective measures, such as avoiding drinking games and pacing drinks, deserve more attention than others.

"The safest place for college students to drink alcohol is on college campuses. All data points to that," he said. "Yet more is done to force the drinking off campus... Those policies have failed to reduce drinking."

The National Social Norms Resource Centre advocates alcohol safety, recognising student drinking happens and recommending ways to do it safely.

Critics suggest better alternatives include tougher penalties for student drinking and limiting student access to alcohol. – (HealthDayNews)

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