Our region has its share of young adult residents thanks to colleges such as a branch of Northern Virginia Community College in Manassas and the nearby George Mason University in Fairfax. While students should focus on their studies, sometimes they instead face criminal arrests due to alcohol use.

For some, drinking alcohol is a rite of passage while attending college. However, this can lead to consequences that may cause serious ramifications to the beginning of an adult life. Binge drinking can lead to drunk driving, which can lead to serious accidents, catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Binge drinking also can lead to physical and sexual assaults.

College students face punishment beyond the criminal sphere

Compiled by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, these startling statistics shed some light on alcohol abuse among college students. Any of these situations can lead to criminal charges to the people involved:

  • More than 1,500 college students each year aged 18 to 24 die from alcohol-related injuries. Such incidents may be related to motor vehicle accidents and campus activities.
  • Nearly 700,000 students each year aged 18 to 24 have been physically assaulted by someone who drank alcohol.
  • An estimated 97,000 students annually between the ages of 18 and 24 reported an alcohol-fueled sexual assault

College students in these predicaments face charges, incarceration, probation, steep fines, loss of your driver’s license, community service as well as civil legal action. But that is not all. As a student, you face school-related disciplinary actions because you violated the school’s code of conduct.

As a result, you face additional punishment such as suspension and expulsion from school, the revocation of scholarships, losing athletic eligibility, and suspension from campus-related activities. And a major punishment can include ineligibility for financial aid such as student loans and grants.

As a college student, you have a lot to look forward to as you grow into adulthood. It is crucial to make wise decisions during your college years. Alcohol-related mistakes are something you should try to avoid.