Student Teetotalism Increases Dramatically

Most students entering college in the United States as freshmen are not regular drinkers. This is the finding of nation-wide research conducted by Outside the Classroom, a national organization that fights alcohol abuse on college campuses.

More specifically, dramatically fewer high school graduates preparing to enter college as freshmen students report having recently consumed alcohol. The survey of about one half million students during the summer found that 62% reported not having consumed any alcohol during the previous two weeks. Many of these students had never consumed any alcohol. Four years earlier, in 2006, the proportion was 38%.

Outside the Classroom has conducted the survey annually for over ten years.

These findings are consistent with those reported in other research and demonstrate a trend of reduced drinking over the last few years among those preparing to enter college.


  • Weaver, Rachael. More teetotalers arrive on campus, research indicates. Tribune-Review, February 7, 2011;
  • O'Connell, Scott. Study shows fewer teens drinking at college. Daily News, February 13, 2011.

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