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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 between national and UC Berkeley student self-reports of alcohol related harms.

Percentages of Students Experiencing Negative Consequences Related to Own Drinking

Negative Consequence

All Undergraduate Students

New Students
(Drinkers Only - past two weeks)

 

Nat'l: CORE, 2011
(past year)

UC Berkeley:
CSS, 2012
(past semester)
Nat'l
(AlcoholEdu, 2012)
UC Berkeley
(AlcoholEdu, 2012)
Nauseated/Vomited
54%
38%
42%
32%
Done something they later regretted
36%
28%
33%
27%
Got into argument
32%
16%
23%
17%
Missed class
29%
18%
18%
12%
Performed poorly on test or assignment
22%
n/a
19%
16%
Driven while under the influence
25%
6%
9%
7%
Hurt or injured
16%
10%
17%
12%
In trouble with the police or school authorities
13%
3%
10%
8%
Been taken advantage of sexually
10%
4%
12%
10%
Taken advantage of another sexually
3%
3%
9%
8%
Damaged property
6%
6%
11%
9%

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Last revised: July 2013

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