ERIC Number: ED436110
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Binge Drinking on College Campuses. ERIC Digest.
This digest discusses binge drinking on U.S. college campuses. Male binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks in a row one or more times during a 2-week period; female binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks in a row one or more times during a two-week period. A drink is defined as twelve ounces of beer or wine cooler, four ounces of wine, or a shot of liquor. A 1993 nationwide study of almost 18,000 college students revealed that 44% were binge drinkers. The strongest predictor for binge drinking was living in a sorority or fraternity house; 80% of sorority women and 86% of fraternity men living in Greek housing were binge drinkers. Wechsler has created a 12-step program for institutions to address the alcohol problem on their campuses. Northern Illinois University has used a social influence campaign to curb binge drinking on its campus. (JM)
Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, College Students, Fraternities, Higher Education, Sororities, Student Characteristics
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.