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34.6% of incoming Tarleton students do not consume alcohol.

Popular media portrays college as a time when everyone is engaging in heavy alcohol use every night. However, the majority of incoming students do not drink. An additional 27.7% of incoming students seldom drink. Of current students who do consume alcohol, 22.4% of students reported only having 1-2 drinks at the last party they attended.

So why is it assumed that college students are consistently consuming large amounts of alcohol?

When was the last time you saw a Facebook post about someone staying in and studying for that next big test or doing something sophisticated like laundry?

People glamorize the exceptional and this is what they want to display for the world on social media.

Graph representing the Tarleton incoming student alcohol use.

The data represented in the chart is based on Campus Clarity Data for incoming students in the 2016-2017 Academic Year. The 22.4% statistic is based on the National College Health Assessment II of Tarleton during the Spring semester of 2015. This is discussed more thoroughly in the next point.

32.9% of Tarleton student’s did not drink the last time they partied or socialized.

These percentages represent Tarleton students’ consumption rates:

We’ve all heard the phrase “EVERYONE’S DOING IT!” According to Tarleton students, 32.9% of students did not consume alcohol the last time they partied or socialized. Of those who did drink 38.4% had four or fewer drinks.

I guess the question is, “who is your perception of everyone?” If you only spend time with people who are drinking, then everyone IS drinking. If you only hang out with non-drinkers, then everyone is NOT drinking. Who is everyone to you?

The vast majority of Tarleton students also did NOT engage in BINGE drinking even while partying. Binge drinking is defined as consuming 4 or more drinks for females and 5 or more drinks for males, in a period of about two hours.

Binge drinking is associated with greater rates of injury, unsafe sexual practices, and health problems related to alcohol consumption. To learn more see: http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm

If you are consuming alcohol at a party or social event it is important to use safe drinking strategies to mitigate these risks. These strategies are discussed below.

Graph representing the student consumption at last party or social event

This data came from the National College Health Assessment II of Tarleton during the Spring semester of 2015. The behavior assessed is how students have behaved over the past 12 months.

99.5% of Tarleton students use one or more safe drinking strategies most of the time or always when they party or socialize.

These strategies include:

Alternating alcoholic with non-alcoholic beverages 31.4%
Avoiding drinking games 31.3%
Choosing not to drink alcohol 33.1%
Determining in advance not to exceed a set number of drinks 45.5%
Eating before and/or while drinking 82.6%
Instructing a friend to tell them when they have had enough 45.9%
Keeping track of how many drinks they are consuming 70.4%
Pacing drinking to one drink or less an hour 35.6%
Staying with the same group of friends the entire time they are drinking 93.2%
Using the same kind of alcohol during the entire drinking period 56.4%
Using a designated driver 91.0%
Total percentage of students who used one or more of the above 99.5%

This data came from the National College Health Assessment II of Tarleton during the Spring semester of 2015. The behavior assessed is how students have behaved over the past 12 months.

82.3% of incoming Tarleton students never use recreational drugs.

Drug use is also rampant in portrayals of collegiate life. However, few incoming Tarleton students engage in drug use.

Graph representing Tarleton student drug use

This is based on Campus Clarity Data for incoming students in the 2016-2017 Academic Year