ERIC Number: EJ767225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 51
High-Risk Drinking among College Fraternity Members: A National Perspective
Caudill, Barry D.; Crosse, Scott B.; Campbell, Bernadette; Howard, Jan; Luckey, Bill; Blane, Howard T.
Journal of American College Health, v55 n3 p141-155 Nov-Dec 2006
This survey, with its 85% response rate, provides an extensive profile of drinking behaviors and predictors of drinking among 3406 members of one national college fraternity, distributed across 98 chapters in 32 states. Multiple indexes of alcohol consumption measured frequency, quantity, estimated blood alcohol concentration levels (BACs), and related problems. Among all members, 97% were drinkers, 86% binge drinkers, and 64% frequent binge drinkers. On the basis of self-reports concerning the 4 weeks preceding the time of survey, the authors found that members drank on an average of 10.5 days and consumed an average of 81 drinks. Drinkers had an average BAC of 0.10, reaching at least 0.08 on an average of 6 days. These fraternity members appear to be heavier drinkers than previously studied fraternity samples, perhaps because they were more representative and forthright. All 6 preselected demographic attributes of members and 2 chapter characteristics were significantly related to the drinking behaviors and levels of risk, identifying possible targets for preventive interventions.
Descriptors: Fraternities, Drinking, Alcohol Abuse, At Risk Persons, College Students, Profiles, Student Behavior, Prevention, Intervention, Health Behavior, Age Differences, Racial Differences, Student Characteristics, Norms, Social Influences
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