Binge Drinking and Alcohol-Related Problems Among Community College Students: Implications for Prevention Policy
binge drinking, college students, community college students, drinking problems, prevention policy
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Binge drinking and alcohol-related problems among students at traditional 4-year universities have been well documented. However, little is known about the frequency of their such behaviors and its consequences among community college students, who comprise roughly 44% of all undergraduate students in the United States. The present study examined binge drinking and alcohol-related problems in 762 (61% female) ethnically diverse (65% Caucasian, 20% Hispanic, 9% African American) community college students (mean age = 26.23, SD = 7.81). Based on gender-specific criteria, 25% engaged in binge drinking. As compared to nonbingers and current abstainers, bingers had higher rates of drinking-related problems. The implications of these findings for research and for prevention/intervention programs are discussed.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Journal of American College Health, v. 54, issue 3, p. 137-141
Scholar Commons Citation
Sheffield, Felicia D.; Darkes, Jack; Del Boca, Frances K.; and Goldman, Mark S., "Binge Drinking and Alcohol-Related Problems Among Community College Students: Implications for Prevention Policy" (2005). Psychology Faculty Publications. 1393.