Half of college students in Maryland survey engaged in binge drinking during past month

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A survey on alcohol consumption by college students in Maryland has found that nearly half who responded have engaged in binge drinking during the past month.

The Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems released the first annual Maryland College Alcohol Survey on Tuesday. The survey was led by 10 college and university presidents.

It found 47 percent of surveyed students engaged in binge drinking. That's defined as five or more drinks within two hours for males and four or more drinks for females. The study says results reflect a rate similar to the national average.

William Kirwan, the University System of Maryland chancellor, says while the study shows Maryland campuses are no better or worse than other colleges, college officials are determined to be better.