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ERIC Number: EJ942593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0889-7077
Measuring College Student Drinking: Illustrating the Feasibility of a Composite Drinking Scale
Huang, Jiun-Hau; Dejong, William; Schneider, Shari Kessel; Towvim, Laura Gomberg
Substance Abuse, v27 n1-2 p33-45 2006
This study explored the feasibility of a "Composite Drinking Scale" (CDS) designed to capture fully the phenomenon of problem drinking among college students while allowing easy public understanding. A survey conducted at 32 four-year U.S. colleges included four consumption measures: 30-day frequency; average number of drinks per week; number of drinks usually consumed when partying; and greatest number of drinks in one sitting in the past two weeks. Responses were normalized and added to create a continuous distribution, which was then subdivided into quartiles (CDS/Q1-Q4). The CDS is an easily understood scoring system, but compared to the simplistic "binge drinking" measure, it captures a broader range of relative risks and more clearly establishes the quadratic relationship between consumption and alcohol-related problems. Development of the CDS will require further exploring the best set of questions to include, establishing U.S. norms for the general population, and then transforming those scores to a simple measurement yardstick whose meaning can be easily communicated to the public. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States