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ERIC Number: EJ852102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2379
The Influence of Religiosity and Spirituality on Drinking Behaviors: Differences between Students Attending Two Southern Universities
Dennis, Dixie L.; Cox, William; Black, Anne; Muller, Susan
Journal of Drug Education, v39 n1 p95-112 2009
The purpose of this study was to determine if students (n = 431) from two southern universities--one in the "buckle" of the Bible-belt, the other a southern "border" state--have different drinking behaviors depending on their religiosity and spirituality. Approximately 95% of students indicated that they had at least one drink of alcohol during their lives, with almost 82% reporting that they used alcohol in the past 30 days. Binge drinking among underage students increased every year (approximately 43% to almost 70%). Students from the buckle university had higher degrees of religiosity and spirituality and reported fewer unhealthy drinking behaviors than those from the border university. By creating a learning environment where students are encouraged to increase the spiritual dimension of health, health educators may alleviate potentially deadly consequences of alcohol. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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