“599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al,. 2009)” “1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes (Hingson et al., 2009)”
“The percentage of students who reported smoking marijuana heavily — at least 20 days during the past month — more than doubled, from 1.9% in 1993 to 4% in 2005.” “The percentage of students who reported using illegal drugs other than marijuana, such as cocaine and heroin, in the past month jumped from 5.4% in 1993 to 8.2% in 2005.”
“In a recent study conducted at the University of St. Thomas in Minn. and released by the Journal of Adolescent Health, 70 percent of college students receive less than the eight recommended hours of sleep, choosing to engage in other activities.”
“A new study shows that nearly one in four freshman gain at least 5% of their body weight, an average of about 10 pounds, during their first semester.” This can be due to unhealthy eating, alcohol consumption, and lack of exercise.
“Nearly half of the 19 million new STDs each year are among young people aged 15-24 years.” “Young people aged 13-29 accounted for 39% of all new HIV infections in 2009.”