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How a DUI can ruin college life

College is a time when many students start experimenting with alcohol. In fact, a study published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that nearly 60 percent of college students had drunk alcohol in the past month. A significant portion of those students admitted to binge drinking.

If any college student is going to drink, then it is paramount that person does not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. The student may end up getting arrested for driving under the influence. A conviction could end up ruining the student’s college life in more ways than one.


This is the most extreme situation a student could face. Most colleges have some kind of drug and alcohol policy. If a student is convicted of a DUI, then the authorities will report the incident to the school. This could lead to an immediate expulsion.

Loss of other privileges

Though the college might not expel all students for this conviction, there may be other penalties in place. Some of the most common include:

  • Unable to participate in sports and other clubs
  • Loss of scholarship
  • Loss of student housing

Even without an expulsion, the loss of an academic scholarship could prevent many students from continuing their education. One night of drinking might lead to a total upheaval of one's life.

Inability to pursue certain careers

There are certain professions students will find it much more difficult to join if they have a DUI conviction in their past. For example, a career in law or medicine would be much more difficult to attain with a criminal record. Students who were planning additional education after their undergraduate degree may need to change plans.

Partying on college campuses is certainly not going to go away anytime soon. However, it is vital for students to be smart and not put their lives and their futures in danger by operating a vehicle while inebriated.

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