Chris Stout, PhD

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What Parents and Emerging Adults Should Know

Chris Stout, PsyD



  • 4 in 100 Americans will harm themselves at some time in their lives4
  • Nearly 1 in 5 students at Cornell University and Princeton University say they have purposely injured themselves by cutting or burning. Of that group, 70% had done so multiple times5
  • About half said they’d experienced sexual, emotional or physical abuse5
  • Repeat self-abusers were more likely to be female and to have had eating disorders or suicidal tendencies5


  • Each year 2.8 million college students drive while intoxicated1
  • 1,700 die from alcohol-related injuries1
  • Hospitalization for alcohol overdoses has become a regular feature of weekend life at even the best colleges2
  • By winter break in 2003, more than 20 Hamilton College students had been hospitalized for treatment of alcohol overdoses—seven admitted in one weekend alone2
  • Dartmouth College has 4,400 undergraduates, and, on average, about 200 alcohol emergencies a year2
  • Middlebury College, with 2,300 students, had about 100 emergency room transports in the 2002-2003 academic year2
  • Before Thanksgiving in 2004, Pomona College had sent nine to the Emergency Room – more than twice its total alcohol hospitalizations the entire previous year and the highest number in eleven years2
  • More often these days, college students die from drinking’s secondary effects, drowning in one’s own vomit2
  • 18% of US college students suffered clinically significant alcohol-related problems6
  • 44.1% of students in 116 colleges surveyed were binge drinkers, 19.5% were frequent binge drinkers, 15.6 % said they abstained from alcohol use6
  • 4 in 5 fraternity or sorority members were binge drinkers6
  • Survey of 28,000 students at 44 colleges found that 80% of students drink6


  • Use of narcotics has risen to record levels1
  • 29% say they have used prescription drugs recreationally1
  • Drug use in high school is also up1
  • In 2001, roughly 15% of college students reported using Ecstasy – more than a sevenfold increase from a decade earlier2
  • Ecstasy occasionally set off psychotic episodes and appeared to have some long-term – perhaps permanent – effect on the body’s serotonin levels, meaning it might lead to chronic depression and permanent personality change2
  • College Ecstasy activity faded but it did not disappear completely2