Alcohol Risks Death According to the NIAAA, approximately 1,825 college students aged 18-24 die from alcohol-related incidences, including car accidents, other accidents, and alcohol poisoning each year. In addition to the physical toll an accident could have on you and other people, accidents are often very expensive. An ambulance ride and a hospital visit is not something you want to pay for your first year of college. Sexual Assault Every year, around 97,000 students aged 18-24 report having been sexually assaulted by another student who had been drinking according to the NIAAA. It is important to stay vigilant when it comes to sexual assault. Stay in groups whenever it is possible. Let the people you are with know your plans ahead of time; if you plan to leave with them, make sure that they know not to leave without you. Assault Approximately 696,000 college students aged 18-24 are assaulted each year by another student who has been drinking. Academic Problems About 1 out of every 4 college students reports that their academic life has been affected in some way by alcohol use. This includes missing class, receiving poor grades, and falling behind in class.