College Drinking on the Decline

Nation-wide research conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health reveals that the proportion of college students in the U.S. who consumed any alcohol within the previous month decreased significantly between 1993 and 2001.

The study also found that average consumption among students under the age of 21 dropped from 22.3 drinks per month in 1993 to 20.8 per month in the latter period. Thus, in 2001, college students in the U/.S. under the age of 21 consumed an average of only 2/3 of a drink per day.


Reference:

  • Wechsler, H., et al. Underage college students' drinking behavior, access to alcohol, and the influence of deterrence policies: Findings from the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study. Journal of American College Health, 2002, 50(5), 223-236; Wechsler, H.. et al. Trends in college binge* drinking during a period of increased prevention efforts: Findings from 4 Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study surveys: 1993-2002. Journal of American College Health, 2002, 50(5), 203-217

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