Despite a number of tragic and highly publicized alcohol-related deaths on college campuses, the Federal Centers for Disease Control has reported that the number of people aged 15 to 24 who have died from alcohol abuse has fallen almost two-thirds (down 64.4%) between 1979 and 1996, the most recent year for which data are available.

The parents of today's young people generally drank much more in college than do their children. The difference is that alcohol poisoning is taken very seriously today and tragedies are much more likely to be widely publicized, according to authorities.


  • The Associated Press. Researchers say college-age drinking is down. January 20, 1999

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