2012 - Student Involvement and Alcohol Consumption

2012 - Student Involvement and Alcohol Consumption

Christopher M. Johnson, University of Dayton

High-risk alcohol use is a concern on college campuses. It has been suggested that participation in student activities can impact high-risk drinking (Harvard, 2001). This study examines possible correlations between alcohol consumption and a studentâs involvement in campus activities and student organizations at the University of Dayton. Previous studies at other universities have been inconclusive, as campus and organizational culture can differ greatly from institution to institution. This correlational research study measures student involvement and alcohol use, using data collected on a survey combining the Educational Benchmarking, Inc. (EBI) and Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Student Activities Assessment and the World Health Organization Alcohol Use and Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). The study investigates multiple variables for measuring student involvement, including number of organizations/events involved in and time spent in an organization, as well as two factors related to alcohol, alcohol consumption and alcohol-related consequences. Results of the study will indicate the relationship of student involvement and alcohol consumption at UD, and open the door to further research on specific populations.

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