Robert P. Hays



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This study examines the influence high-risk alcohol consumption has on academic, co/extracurricular student engagement. The effects of alcohol in relation to college students has been examined by researchers and leading academics. However, studies have not extensively examined the effects of high-risk alcohol consumption beyond its influence on student behavior or students’ interpretive “success” in college. This study focuses on attendance and participation as an essential attribute to academic success and completion. Ten student participants were selected based on initial survey responses from areas of Housing & Residence Life, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Learning Resources, and Greek Life. The interviews focused on their observations and interpretations of high-risk alcohol consumption, college high-risk alcohol consumption culture, and corresponding attendance and participation in university directed sessions. The findings of this study showed a relationship between high-risk alcohol consumption and deterred attendance and participation rates; thus disproving the ability to “study hard, party hard” as made popular in the college culture. The implications of this study will assist administrators, faculty, and students alike to implement new policies, procedures, and strategies, to offset the influence of high-risk alcohol consumption’s influence on academic and co/extracurricular student attendance and participation.

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Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Nasser Razek

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


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Study Hard NOT Party Hard: Influence of High-risk Drinking on Academic Attendance and Participation