157 College-Age Alcohol Deaths from '99-'05

Men and freshmen are most likely to die, and on the weekends or after finals.

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An Associated Press analysis of federal records shows that 157 college-age people, 18 to 23, drank themselves to death from 1999 to 2005; the number per year from 1999 to 2005 also jumped, from 18 to 35, although the number fluctuated year to year in between.

A separate and utterly unsurprising analysis found that men and freshmen were most likely to die of alcohol poisoning, and incidents were most likely to happen on the weekends and in December at the end of finals.

Following is a state-by-state breakdown of the number of deaths between 1999-2004. No geographical data was available for 2005; states not listed had no reported deaths.

  • Alaska: 5
  • Arizona: 4
  • Arkansas: 2
  • California: 16
  • Colorado: 6
  • Connecticut: 2
  • Florida: 1
  • Georgia: 4
  • Idaho: 2
  • Illinois: 2
  • Indiana: 3
  • Louisiana: 2
  • Maryland: 1
  • Massachusetts: 1
  • Michigan: 3
  • Minnesota: 6
  • Missouri: 3
  • Montana: 1
  • New Jersey: 2
  • New Mexico: 1
  • New York: 1
  • North Carolina: 6
  • Ohio: 1
  • Oklahoma: 1
  • Oregon: 3
  • Pennsylvania: 3
  • Rhode Island: 1
  • South Carolina: 1
  • South Dakota: 2
  • Tennessee: 2
  • Texas: 18
  • Utah: 2
  • Virginia: 9
  • Wisconsin: 4
  • Wyoming: 1