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ERIC Number: EJ914466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0744-8481
The Utility of a Gender-Specific Definition of Binge Drinking on the AUDIT
Olthuis, Janine V.; Zamboanga, Byron L.; Ham, Lindsay S.; Van Tyne, Kathryne
Journal of American College Health, v59 n4 p239-245 Jan 2011
Objective: Although binge drinking is commonly defined as the consumption of at least 5 drinks in 1 sitting for men and 4 for women, the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) defines binge drinking as the consumption of 6 or more drinks in 1 sitting for both men and women. This study examined the effect of using gender-specific binge drinking definitions on overall AUDIT scores. Participants: Participants were 331 college men and 1224 college women. Methods: Participants completed a self-report questionnaire, which included the AUDIT. Results: Findings showed that defining binge drinking as 4 or more drinks for women, rather than 6 or more, does impact their AUDIT scores and could affect the percentage of women classified as hazardous users. Among men, AUDIT scores were unaffected by the use of a gender-specific definition of binge drinking. Conclusions: Results suggest that the AUDIT might be underidentifying hazardous users among college women. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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