PSU: Alcohol-related ER visits climb

February 26, 2009 8:16:33 AM PST
As one of the year's major student partying occasions approaches, Penn State University officials point to what they hope are sobering statistics about a rise in alcohol-related emergency room visits by students. They hope to keep St. Patrick's Day intoxication down to a dull roar, as well as the related Penn-State-specific celebration of "State Patrick's Day" coming up on Saturday.

Despite alcohol-education initiatives on campus and in downtown State College, Vice President for University Relations Bill Mahon says 313 Penn State students sought alcohol-related emergency room care at Mount Nittany Medical Center between August and December of 2008. That's up more than 100 from the same period in the fall of 2007.

The university counted 558 ER visits for alcohol-related problems during all of 2008, a startling jump from 304 three years earlier in 2005.

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Information from: Centre Daily Times, http://www.centredaily.com

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