With labor day right around the corner, it’s back to school time for college students as well as for kids and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), has a lot to say about health and safety for college students.
The Health and Safety for College Students section of the CDC website, includes quick tips, information about sexually transmitted diseases, issues regarding drugs and alcohol, issues involving isolation and depression as well as some very important statistics and facts.
These Quick Tips on alcohol on college campuses for example:
Binge drinking prevalence (28.2%) and intensity (9.3 drinks) use is high among persons aged 18-24 years.
Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men over a short period of time.
Binge drinking is a risk factor for sexual assault, especially among young women in college settings. Each year, about 1 in 20 college women are sexually assaulted. Binge drinking also increases the chances of car crashes, violence against others, unintended pregnancies, and the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.
Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused substance among youth in the United States, more than tobacco and illicit drugs.
In addition, the website provides numerous links on issues related to the health and safety of your college students:
- College Health and Safety
- Tips for College Health and Safety Podcast [PODCAST – 3:18 minutes]
- College Life Health-e-Cards
- Spring Break Health and Safety Tips
- College Drinking Prevention
- Excessive Alcohol Use and Risks to Women’s Health
- Bacterial Meningitis in College Students
- Vaccines: College Students and Young Adults
- HIV Surveillance in Adolescents and Youth
- STD Awareness PSA – College
- Underage Drinking
- Young Adult Health Insurance Coverage until Age 26
College campuses are supposed to be safe and healthy environments and the staff at the colleges strive to make it so but your own child needs to be properly educated in order to insure that he or she makes the correct and safe choices. Before you send them off, sit down with them and make sure they have the knowledge they need.