Remember that surprising report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed that most people who die from alcohol poisoning are middle-aged men--and not, as you'd easily conclude these days, binge-drinking college students?
Now The Washington Post's esteemed Fact Checker, Glenn Kessler, has looked at another number that's often tossed around in connection with alcohol abuse and found it wanting as well. Turns out that the oft-repeated claim that 1,800 college students die each year from alcohol-related causes is way off. It's actually more like dozens.
"In terms of binge drinking, the actual number of deaths appears to be in the dozens. This “1,800″ estimate has distinct limitations and needs to be treated more cautiously in the future by reporters and politicians," Kessler wrote.