ERIC Number: EJ725699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-1
Reference Count: 16
Binge Drinking and Alcohol-Related Problems among Community College Students: Implications for Prevention Policy
Sheffield, Felicia D.; Darkes, Jack; Del Boca, Frances K.; Goldman, Mark S.
Journal of American College Health, v54 n3 p137 Nov 2005
Binge drinking and alcohol-related problems among students at traditional 4-year universities have been well documented. However, little is known about the frequency of their such behaviors and its consequences among community college students, who comprise roughly 44% of all undergraduate students in the United States. The present study examined binge drinking and alcohol-related problems in 762 (61% female) ethnically diverse (65% Caucasian, 20% Hispanic, 9% African American) community college students (mean age = 26.23, SD = 7.81). Based on gender-specific criteria, 25% engaged in binge drinking. As compared to nonbingers and current abstainers, bingers had higher rates of drinking-related problems. The implications of these findings for research and for prevention/intervention programs are discussed. (Contains 1 note.)
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Prevention, Intervention, Community Colleges, Alcohol Abuse, Gender Differences, Health Behavior, School Policy, Ethnicity, Drinking, Student Behavior, Context Effect
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States