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The College Alcohol Study (1993) surveyed nearly 18,000 undergraduate students at 140 colleges concerning their experience of either "binge drinking" or "secondary binge effects" (harm experienced as a result of binge drinking by others). The survey found that 44 percent of respondents were binge drinkers (50 percent of men and 39 percent of women). Across the colleges, binge drinkers ranged from 1 to 70 percent of students on campus. On high drinking-level campuses, 87 percent of the non-binge drinkers living on campus experienced negative consequences of excessive drinking by other students (such as having studying or sleep interrupted, having property damaged, or experiencing unwanted sexual advances). On low drinking-level campuses, 62 percent reported experiencing such secondary effects of binge drinking. Non-binge drinking women living on campuses with high levels of binge drinking had almost twice the risk of experiencing unwanted sexual advances as their counterparts at lower drinking-level schools. Among 10 recommendations for college administrators are: (1) using student media to highlight the problem; (2) building alliances with the community; (3) restricting conditions under which alcohol is allowed on campus; (4) encouraging athletic directors to help promote mature behavior; and (5) appointing a health and safety advocacy committee. (MAH)

Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol Education, Antisocial Behavior, Drinking, Higher Education, Incidence, Intervention, National Surveys, Prevention, Recreational Activities, School Health Services, School Security, Sexual Abuse, Student Behavior, Student Experience

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Autor: Wechsler, Henry; And Others


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