ERIC Number: ED352575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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A Study Reexamining Alcohol Use among University of Kansas Students.
Heck, Edward J.; And Others
This 1992 survey of alcohol use of university students conducted at the University of Kansas used identical sampling procedures and contained many of the same items as a previous survey conducted in 1988. A total of 493 questionnaires were returned. A total of 49 students or 9.9% claimed to not have had an alcoholic beverage or to have had one only once or twice in their life. Over 57% of students who reported using alcohol reported high school as the period of their onset of regular use of alcoholic beverages. Over 50% reported drinking less than once a week. Over 11% reported drinking seven or more drinks per occasion of typical drinking. In frequencies and percentages of consumption, 51.4% were categorized as light drinkers, 37.4% as moderate drinkers, and 11.3% as heavy drinkers. The two most mentioned negative effects of drinking were arguments with boy/girlfriend and indiscriminate sexual activity. Items from the CAGE screening test for alcoholism were used with feeling the need to cut down reported by 31.1% of the students. Students appeared to be acting more responsibly by drinking less than they did 4 years previous. Because of the inability of the CAGE to identify problem drinking, there is a strong need to develop a screen device for problem drinking to be used in college counseling offices. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Kansas Univ., Lawrence.
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