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Negative consequences associated with drinking can be direct - experienced by the drinker him or herself. More than half of intoxication incidents reported by students in a recent study (Usdan, 2008) involved multiple negative consequences. In the following example, the male student experienced physical illness, memory loss, emotional consequences, and violence.

"The cabbie thought I was gonna get sick [and] decided to let me and the girl I was with out on the side of [the] highway...supposedly there were stories of me with my pants down in front of the house, me almost getting into a fight, none of which I remember."

The following table illustrates the extent of some of the direct negative consequences of drinking for college students. It provides a comparison of national and UC Berkeley student self-reports of data.

Negative Consequences Related to Own Drinking

Negative Consequence

All Undergraduate Students

New Students

 

Nat'l: NCHA 2014
(past year - drinkers only)

UC Berkeley:
NCHA 2014
(past year - drinkers only)

Nat'l:
AlcoholEdu, 2014 (past 2 wks. - drinkers only)

UC Berkeley:
AlcoholEdu, 2014 (past 2 wks. - drinkers only)
Forgot where you were or what you did
32%
20%
34%
27%
Nauseated/Vomited
n/a
n/a
41%
36%
Done something later regretted
37%
27%
32%
29%
Got into argument
n/a
n/a
22%
19%
Missed class
n/a
n/a
19%
18%
Performed poorly on test or assignment
n/a
n/a
19%
18%
Hurt or injured self
15%
8%
16%
15%
In trouble with police or school authorities
3%
0.4%
10%
11%
Been taken advantage of sexually
2%
0.4%
12%
12%
Taken advantage of another sexually
0.6%
0.4%
9%
10%
Damaged property
6%
6%
11%
9%
Driven under influence - 5+ drinks (past 30 days)
2%
0.5%
8%
9%
Driven under influence - any alcohol (past 30 days)
21%
21%
n/a
n/a

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Last revised: Feb 2015

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