alexa Changes in binge drinking and related problems among American college students between 1993 and 1997. Results of the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study.
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Journal of Speech Pathology & Therapy

Author(s): Wechsler H, Dowdall GW, Maenner G, GledhillHoyt J, Lee H

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Abstract In 1997, the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study resurveyed colleges that participated in a 1993 study. The findings revealed little change in binge drinking: a slight decrease in percentage of binge drinkers and slight increases in percentages of abstainers and frequent binge drinkers. Two of 5 students were binge drinkers (42.7\%); 1 in 5 (19.0\%) was an abstainer, and 1 in 5 was a frequent binge drinker (20.7\%). As was true in 1993, 4 of 5 residents of fraternities or sororities were binge drinkers (81.1\%). Asian students showed a greater increase and White students a greater decrease in binge drinking from 1993 to 1997, compared with all other students. Among students who drank alcohol, increases in frequency of drinking; drunkenness; drinking to get drunk; and alcohol-related problems, including drinking and driving, were reported. Binge drinkers in both 1993 and 1997 were at increased risk of alcohol-related problems, and nonbingers at colleges with high binge drinking rates had increased risks of encountering secondhand effects of binge drinking. This article was published in J Am Coll Health and referenced in Journal of Speech Pathology & Therapy

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