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ERIC Number: EJ841371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-1482
Where's the Bar? Perceptions of Heavy and Problem Drinking among College Students
Segrist, Dan J.; Pettibone, Jonathan C.
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, v53 n1 p35-53 Apr 2009
Two-hundred-and-twelve college students read a vignette about a 21-year-old male described as a college student or a retail management trainee drinking at a bar alone or with friends. Participants provided estimates of the number of drinks that indicate heavy drinking in this situation. Participants also provided estimates of the number of drinks and drinking occasions they thought would signify a drinking problem for the target. Estimates of the number of drinks representing heavy drinking were significantly higher than the current five drink binge/episodic heavy drinking definition in the literature. Occupational status of the target and participant gender effected perceptions of heavy drinking and problem drinking. Implications for prevention and health education efforts are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A