GROUP Kelly F Fuller, Benjamin N Schmeusser, Victoria Lynn Singleton


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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Binge drinking is a physical and mental health concern. Students who binge drink may be more inclined to participate in risky behavior, feel disconnected or depressed, and develop alcohol dependency, leading to alcoholism. Even if physiological alcoholism does not develop, other health concerns including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, digestive issues, and certain cancers are associated with binge drinking. These issues are widespread, but are most prominent on college campuses, with the University of Dayton being no exception. At UD, there are current stigmatizations regarding alcohol consumption during certain holidays, especially St. Patrick’s Day. In response to this, most often through emails and letters, the University has facilitated healthy communication about the issue of binge drinking, expressed sincere interest in protecting the wellbeing of all students and their safety, and laid out clear expectations. Additionally, the University also does a good job of hosting and promoting numerous alcohol free events on and off of campus. With the acknowledgement that there is an increase in high risk drinking during holidays, we have also identified other events that may trigger an increase in alcohol consumption through student interviews. These events consist of but are not limited to hosting visitors, attending social events, and difficult academic weeks. The awareness of these trends creates a need for better communication between students and University Officials pertaining to alcohol safety and more alcohol free events throughout the entire year, which can be modeled after the University’s response to stigmatizations during holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day.

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Course Project - Undergraduate

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Rachel Bloom-Pojar

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Stander Symposium project

Improving Communication Regarding Alcohol Consumption Concerns at UD