Underage drinking is a minor a problem on the Laramie County Community College campus compared to other issues facing the administration. Nationally, the underage drinking epidemic is a different story.
LCCC’s Campus Safety and Security crew hasn’t had much to worry about regarding underage drinking on campus, compared to other issues, said James Crosby, the director of Campus Safety.
According to the LCCC Campus Safety statistics, in the last four years the department has only had a total of 38 calls for underage drinking with 13 in 2014, five in 2015, 14 in 2016, five in 2017 and one so far in 2018. According to the University of Wyoming Campus Police Department, the department averages more than 10 calls a weekend for underage drinking.
Except for one incident in 2013, all of the LCCC underage drinking incidents originated from the Residence Halls.
“That one could have been a trespasser or someone in a parking lot,” Crosby said.
Nationally, in 2010, underage drinking was the cause for more than 4,300 deaths.. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, underage drinkers consume more drinks when drinking than adults and in 2010, 189,000 people under the age of 21 visited the emergency room for drinking, or injuries and conditions that were linked to alcohol consumption.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that, in 2015, 20 percent of Americans who are 12 to 20 years of age drank alcohol and 13 percent reported that they binge drank in the past 30 days.
“The amount is never steady, it always varies,” Crosby said.