Alcohol Abuse and Academic Performance in College

A National College Health Assessment Survey indicates that alcohol abuse is among the top ten impediments to academic performance reported by U.S. college students.

Responses to the question, “Within the school year, have any of the following affected your academic performance?’ are listed below:

Graph: Top 10 impediments to academic performance

The National College Health Assessment survey is conducted by the nonprofit American College Health Association. Over 1000,000 students at 179 colleges and universities have participated in the surveys and the result is the largest known comprehensive data set on the health of college students.


  • American College Health Association. National College Health Assessment, Spring 2003. Baltimore, MD: American College Health Association, 2003. Summary available at