Study shows costs of booze blackouts on campus

Laste week I had a post about drinking culture on UW System campuses. Now a new study details some of the costs associated with those students who drink to the point of blacking out.

From co-author Dr. Marlon Mundt, an assistant scientist for the department of family medicine at UW Madison:

We calculate that on a large university campus having more than 40,000 students, blackout-associated emergency department visit costs would range from $469,000 to $546,000 per year. We conclude that blackouts are a strong predictor of emergency department visits for college drinkers and that prevention efforts aimed at students with a history of blackouts might reduce injuries and emergency department costs.

 

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