WSU Sees Increase in Life-Threatening Blood Alcohol Levels Among Students


The most recent alcohol-related death on a regional campus prompted officials at Washington State University to form a task force to address student drinking.

An 18-year-old WSU freshman died Oct. 27 after being found unconcious in his dorm room. The student was unresonsive to CPR and was pronounced dead a short time later at Pullman Regional Hospital. University officials said the student, Kenneth Hummel, had a blood alcohol level exceeding 0.40, five times the legal limit.

"It's a dramatic incentive for us to redouble our already extensive efforts in student education about alcohol use and abuse," WSU President Elson Floyd said in a statement. "To that end, we have formed a special task force to focus new strategies and tactics on addressing a variety of student alcohol issues."

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that WSU officials say the university has experienced an increase in students with life-threatening blood alcohol levels.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that nearly 2,000 college students die each year from alcohol-related causes.