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Cheap Booze Blamed for College Drinking

Kegs, Party Balls Entice Underage Students to Drink

Cracking Down on Underage Drinking continued...

He advocates for the formation of a national campaign to stop underage drinking, working with the alcohol industry, and also recommends that college administrators and residents of college towns put more pressure on governmental authorities to curb the availability of cheap and bountiful alcohol.

In an accompanying study, Wechsler reports that states with more restrictive laws related to underage drinking have lower rates of students who drive after binge drinking.

Roughly half of the alcohol consumed on campus is by underage drinkers. Wechsler says that nearly one in three college students has driven after drinking, and 11% admit to driving after having at least five drinks. Alcohol plays a role in nearly half of all car crashes involving teenagers, reports the American Medical Association.

"This study provides a blueprint for a comprehensive, national plan to combat underage drinking, which is turning into an epidemic among our nation's youth," says the AMA's J. Edward Hill, MD, in a prepared statement.

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