A Review: EMS Utilization for Alcohol-Related Calls at the University of Dayton
Maddison Nicole Henry, Zachary Ryan Rudich
In the U.S., attending college brings with itself a new culture, some of which revolves around binge drinking, which the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines as “consuming 5 or more drinks on an occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on an occasion for women” (CDC, 2022). A 2019 national survey found that 53% of college students drank alcohol in the past month, with 33% reporting binge drinking (Samsa, 2021). The University of Dayton (UD) is no exception. In 2019, Barstool Sports ranked the Top 25 Party Schools, with UD coming in 12th place (Mac, 2019). In 2013, UD was ranked number fourteen in the country for the number of alcohol-related arrests, averaging 926 offenses per year (Ranch at Dove Tree, 2021). With both of our experiences working as college Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), our topic of EMS utilization for alcohol-related calls touched areas we see professionally and socially on campus. Studies have shown “alcohol intoxication contributes to 17 to 44% of all university-based ambulance trips” (Ranch at Dove Tree, 2021). According to data collected from UD EMS, through the months of August 2020 to May 2021, the months of February and March had the highest rate of alcohol-related emergency calls. The data collected for our project occurred when COVID protocols were in place on UD’s campus. The data may not necessarily indicate what would occur in a normal year, since UD was not at maximal occupancy due to students studying remotely, limited party and bar capacity, and other factors. UD has various resources available for students, which we will be highlighting. This project aims to highlight incidences of alcohol-related emergencies by month on the UD campus and emphasize available resources UD offers to prevent risky drinking behaviors and alcohol abuse.
Marylynn B. Herchline
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
"A Review: EMS Utilization for Alcohol-Related Calls at the University of Dayton" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2559.