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J Am Coll Health. 2011;59(4):323-6. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2010.502200.

Alcohol-related vehicular death rates for college students in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Department of Student Health, University of Viginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. : jct4w@virginia.edu

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  • J Am Coll Health. 2011 Apr;59(5):459.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Determine rate of college student alcohol-related vehicular traffic fatalities in Virginia during 2007.

PARTICIPANTS:

17- to 24-year-old cohort [corrected] at colleges and universities in Virginia.

METHODS:

Institutions with membership in the American College Health Association were invited to participate in a survey. Data collected from institutional reports of student deaths due to vehicular accidents.

RESULTS:

Twenty-four institutions were invited to participate. Sixteen responded (response rate = 67%), comprising total enrollment of 117,100 for 17- to 24-year-olds (56% of total college population in state). Five traffic deaths were reported, representing 4.3 deaths per 100,000 students. Based on statewide statistics that estimate alcohol contributes to 38.9% of traffic deaths, rate of alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths is 1.7 deaths per 100,000 college students in Virginia, which is 89% lower than leading national estimates.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings suggest that past estimates of alcohol-related vehicular deaths among college students are overstated.

PMID:
21308593
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2010.502200
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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