- Of the students reporting, 83.3% report that they have used alcohol in the past 30 days. This percentage has steadily increased through the years with the 2008 population reporting 83.3%, which is the highest 30-day prevalence since data has been collected at JMU and well above the 2008 national reference group (71.9%)
- Students report they consume 8.0 drinks per week. The national average is 5.5.
- 62.2% of the studens reported having "binged" (having five or more drinks in one sitting) in the last two weeks. The national average is 46.7%
- Since the early 1990's various university alcohol prevention task forces have attempted to re-shape the campus culture and correct student misperceptions to reduce alcohol related problems on our campus
- 50.5% of the students reported some form of public misconduct. Examples include being arrested for DWI/DUI, trouble with police or college authority, or driving while under the influence at least once during the past year as a result of drinking or drug use.
- 39.1% of the students reported that they, at least once during the past year, as a result of drinking or drug use, experienced some kind of serious personal problems including the following experiences:
- Suicide thoughts, suicide attempts, becoming hurt or injured, trying unsuccessfully to stop using alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, being taken advantage of sexually and performing poorly on a test or important university project and less serious and more common-place problems such as memory loss, nausea or vomiting and hangovers
- Students identified the following ways in which other studens' alcohol consumption negatively affects their academic, social or other aspects associated with the quality of life on campus:
- interrupts studying
- makes you feel unsafe
- messes up physical living space
- adversely affects athletic team/other groups
- prevents you from enjoying events
- interferes in other ways
- Prior to their arrival on campus, 38.3% of students feel that JMU tolerates drinking but tries to keep students from becoming drunk and disorderly.
- The majority of students (48.9%) report that their best sexual experience did not involve drinking alcohol
- The majority of students (56.8%) report that they prefer a non-alcoholic activity on a normal Friday or Saturday night
- Consistent programming that makes an impact on the campus culture is imperative to reverse the negative trends seen at JMU
"Sporadic programs with short-term results are occurring, but progress towards long-term goals is not being made."