ERIC Number: ED257006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Alcohol Use among Students at a Large Midwestern University.
Keane, Jeraldine S.; Swinford, Paula L.
The use and abuse of alcohol by college students has sparked the interest of higher education administrators in recent years. The Student Drinking Information Questionnaire was administered to 456 undergraduate and graduate students at a large midwestern university in an effort to collect relevant information that would form the basis of an alcohol education program. The results revealed that 90 percent of respondents reported drinking alcohol; women were more likely to drink wine, while men were more likely to drink beer. Students also reported hangovers, drinking and driving, missing classes, and blackouts. Responding in a socially desirable manner appeared to have played a role in attitudes toward others' drinking behavior. Other reported attitudes suggested that alcohol was used to get drunk, relax, have fun, or socialize. Results from a section on knowledge indicated that respondents had some information about alcohol use and its effects, but less information about specific statistical or technical/physiological effects. The reported consumption patterns, alcohol-related behaviors and attitudes pointed to the feasibility of an alcohol education program. (Nine data tables are included which present responses by sex.) (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).