ERIC Number: ED157463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Summary Report: Admissions and Student Affairs Study on Alcohol Use Among Incoming Freshman. East Carolina University, Summer 1977.
A survey of alcohol consumption was conducted in the summer of 1977 during the freshman orientation at East Carolina University. The survey population consisted of incoming freshman and the survey instrument was a multiple-choice questionnaire in two parts. The first part requested background information about the incoming students. The second part included questions on the frequency of consumption of beer, wine, and liquor; attitudes toward drinking; effects of drinking on behavior; and the perception of high school drinking patterns. There were 1,342 questionnaires completed and analyzed (58 percent of the incoming freshmen). Response frequencies were computed. Cross tabulations were performed for all meaningful descriptive variables in relation to alcohol use and were analyzed for statistical significance using the Chi square test. Students were found to be largely white, middle class, single dormitory residents. Among the alcohol-use findings were: beer was the most popular beverage; about half or the drinkers did so to be sociable; most students felt that drinking never affected behavior in relationship to class attendance, studying, jobs, accidents, or friendships; and there was no significant relationship between age and alcohol consumption, although the age range was very narrow. A copy of the survey instrument is included in the appendix. The response rate for each question is shown, as well as the frequency and percentage rates for each answer. (Author/LBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: East Carolina Univ., Greenville, NC. Office of Institutional Research.