Using Breathalyzers, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that most college students "simply don't drink as much as everyone seems to think they do."

Breathalizer results from 1,790 students as they returned home from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on all nights of the week reveal that surprisingly few students had measurable traces of alcohol in their systems. Even on the traditional party nights of Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 66% of the students returned home with absolutely no blood alcohol content.

"I'm not surprised by all these results," said Rob Foss, manager of Alcohol Studies for the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, which conducted the $350,000 study with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program. "Other Breathalizer studies we have done with drivers and recreational boaters show similar results - less drinking than is generally believed. We have substantial misperceptions about alcohol use in this country."


  • Sobering Survey Shows Students Are Not That Drunk. Clarkson Integrator (Potsdam, NY: Sept. 7, 1999, p. 3).