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UPDATE: 9 UW schools rank in top 50 for alcohol arrests

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MADISON (WKOW) -- An analysis finds nine University of Wisconsin colleges rank in the top 50 in the nation for on-campus alcohol arrests.

The "Drugs on Campus" report reviews data submitted to the federal Office of Postsecondary Education from all colleges with 5,000 or more students enrolled and dorms on campus.

According to the analysis, UW-La Crosse had the highest number of alcohol arrests per 1,000 students in 2012 than any other college in the U.S. UW-Oshkosh ranked 9th, UW-Stout 18th, UW-Stevens Point 22nd and UW-Madison ranked 23rd overall.

UW-Madison police spokesperson Marc Lovicott says arrests on campus have actually gone down in recent years, from more than 1,200 alcohol-related citations in 2009 to about 950 in 2013.

"We understand that students are going to drink, it's part of the culture here, we just want to try to instill in them that they need to do so responsibly," Lovicott tells 27 News.

The real concern for campus police is a trend of dangerously high intoxication levels this seen this school year, sending students to detox with blood alcohol levels way beyond the legal limit.

In recent years, UW-Madison has tried to take a proactive approach and better educate students on the dangers of drinking. Now, every incoming freshman must take a couple online courses designed to guide them to better choices on campus.

"I just think freshmen should be educated a little more, [UW has] a program that you fill out online before you come here so I think that's a pretty good start, I think education is probably the best way," says Quinn Labowitch, a UW-Madison sophomore.

Students say they're not surprised to see nine UW schools in the top 50 for drinking arrests.

"I feel like drinking is a big part of the Wisconsin culture, so to hear that statistic isn't all too surprising," says junior Kamen Klasinski. "There are bars up and down State Street so you see people drinking, it's just part of the culture here in Madison."

UW-La Crosse, which ranked at the top of the list, also provides alternative programs for students to cut back on drinking on campus. Any student arrested for an alcohol-related offense must take programs through the university.

UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow says he doesn't think the alcohol situation is any better or worse at his school than anywhere else in the country.

"What this latest study shows is that we have a very talented police force and when students choose to break the law and we wish they wouldn't, but that our police are going to arrest them and that's what you're seeing in these numbers," says Gow.

The report also examines drug-related arrests in 2012. UW-Eau Claire ranked 2nd in the nation and UW-Whitewater was 11th.

Click here to view the report. The analysis was conducted by rehabs.com, an online site for those struggling with addiction.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- An analysis finds nine University of Wisconsin campuses rank in the top 50 colleges for on-campus alcohol arrests.

The "Drugs on Campus" report reviews data submitted to the federal Office of Postsecondary Education from all colleges with 5,000 or more students enrolled.

According to the analysis, UW-La Crosse had the highest number of alcohol arrests per 1,000 students in 2012 than any other college in the U.S. UW-Oshkosh ranked 9th, UW-Stout 18th, UW-Stevens Point 22nd and UW-Madison ranked 23rd overall.

Click here to view the report. The analysis was conducted by rehabs.com, an online site for those struggling with addiction.

Tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6, we'll share reaction from UW officials who talk about efforts to cut down on drinking on campus.

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