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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/602616
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Poster
Title:
Substance Use Behaviors among College Students
Author(s):
Thompson, Taylor J.; Mueller, Jessica; Mueller, Jessica
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Taylor J. Thompson, taylor.thompson@valpo.edu; Jessica Mueller
Abstract:
Session presented on Saturday, November 7, 2015 and Sunday, November 8, 2015: The Task Force of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2002) has identified that drinking on college campuses is a unique culture and changing this culture is a top priority. Within the drinking culture, binge drinking has emerged as a growing problem that has dangerous consequences. Binge drinking has been correlated with high-risk behaviors, such as unsafe sex, sexual assault, injuries, and even death (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism [NIAAA], 2013).  The NIAAA (2013) defines binge drinking as 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men within a few hours. The main objective of this study was to assess substance use behaviors among college students at a private, faith-based university in the Midwest and identify aspects that are associated with drinking on the college campus. Data were collected using a modified version of the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey: Long Form (Core Institute of Student Health Programs, 1994), which asks detailed questions about substance use behaviors. Following IRB approval, all undergraduate students ( N = 3,052) during the 2014-2015 academic year were invited to participate in an online survey using Survey Monkey®. A total of 1,164 students responded and 1,095 completed the survey, yielding a 35.9% response rate. Results showed that 62.6% of respondents drank alcohol. There were differences in drinking behaviors based on Greek life affiliation, gender, and athletic participation. There was a statistically significant difference ( X 2 = 66.001 , p < .001) based on Greek life affiliation; 83.9% of fraternity and sorority members drink alcohol compared to 57.3% not involved in Greek life.  Of all students who drank alcohol, 71.7% engaged in binge drinking in the past 30 days. While there was no statistically significant difference in the rate of drinking alcohol based on gender (64% of males, 65.3% of females reported alcohol use), there was a statistically significant difference in binge drinking among males and females. Among drinkers, 76.5% of males engaged in binge drinking compared to 58.4% of females ( X 2 = 50.800, p = .001). However, there were no significant differences for binge drinking and Greek life affiliation or being an athlete. Of those in Greek life, 75.3% engaged in binge drinking compare to 60.3% not Greek-affiliated ( X 2 = 30.526, p = .106). Of those who reported being an athlete, 71.6% engaged in binge drinking while 64.4% of non-athletes engaged in binge drinking ( X 2 = 20.281, p = .625). The top 3 reasons for drinking alcohol were: 86.5% “to have fun,” 75.2% “to feel good and relaxed,” 46.8% “makes it easier to socialize.” The majority of students on this campus drink alcohol. Moreover, binge drinking is a significant problem among those who use alcohol, particularly males and those affiliated with Greek life. Information from the survey will be used to develop evidence-based interventions to support a change in the drinking culture on this campus.
Keywords:
Binge drinking; Alcohol; College Students
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15RS1.93
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePosteren
dc.titleSubstance Use Behaviors among College Studentsen
dc.contributor.authorThompson, Taylor J.en
dc.contributor.authorMueller, Jessicaen
dc.contributor.authorMueller, Jessicaen
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen
dc.author.detailsTaylor J. Thompson, taylor.thompson@valpo.edu; Jessica Muelleren
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/602616en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Saturday, November 7, 2015 and Sunday, November 8, 2015: The Task Force of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2002) has identified that drinking on college campuses is a unique culture and changing this culture is a top priority. Within the drinking culture, binge drinking has emerged as a growing problem that has dangerous consequences. Binge drinking has been correlated with high-risk behaviors, such as unsafe sex, sexual assault, injuries, and even death (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism [NIAAA], 2013).  The NIAAA (2013) defines binge drinking as 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men within a few hours. The main objective of this study was to assess substance use behaviors among college students at a private, faith-based university in the Midwest and identify aspects that are associated with drinking on the college campus. Data were collected using a modified version of the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey: Long Form (Core Institute of Student Health Programs, 1994), which asks detailed questions about substance use behaviors. Following IRB approval, all undergraduate students ( N = 3,052) during the 2014-2015 academic year were invited to participate in an online survey using Survey Monkey®. A total of 1,164 students responded and 1,095 completed the survey, yielding a 35.9% response rate. Results showed that 62.6% of respondents drank alcohol. There were differences in drinking behaviors based on Greek life affiliation, gender, and athletic participation. There was a statistically significant difference ( X 2 = 66.001 , p < .001) based on Greek life affiliation; 83.9% of fraternity and sorority members drink alcohol compared to 57.3% not involved in Greek life.  Of all students who drank alcohol, 71.7% engaged in binge drinking in the past 30 days. While there was no statistically significant difference in the rate of drinking alcohol based on gender (64% of males, 65.3% of females reported alcohol use), there was a statistically significant difference in binge drinking among males and females. Among drinkers, 76.5% of males engaged in binge drinking compared to 58.4% of females ( X 2 = 50.800, p = .001). However, there were no significant differences for binge drinking and Greek life affiliation or being an athlete. Of those in Greek life, 75.3% engaged in binge drinking compare to 60.3% not Greek-affiliated ( X 2 = 30.526, p = .106). Of those who reported being an athlete, 71.6% engaged in binge drinking while 64.4% of non-athletes engaged in binge drinking ( X 2 = 20.281, p = .625). The top 3 reasons for drinking alcohol were: 86.5% “to have fun,” 75.2% “to feel good and relaxed,” 46.8% “makes it easier to socialize.” The majority of students on this campus drink alcohol. Moreover, binge drinking is a significant problem among those who use alcohol, particularly males and those affiliated with Greek life. Information from the survey will be used to develop evidence-based interventions to support a change in the drinking culture on this campus.en
dc.subjectBinge drinkingen
dc.subjectAlcoholen
dc.subjectCollege Studentsen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:33:02Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:33:02Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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