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Study Report

Study Number: QG-050-001-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1993

Subject Area: Medical and Health

Bibliographic Citation: Alcohol use and abuse among American college students, 1993.  [machine-readable data file] / Wechsler, Henry  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6577

Date Accessioned: 1/20/1997

Number of Files Received: 7

Comments: This CD-ROM [ICPSR PCD96003] contains recently released new data collections from the ICPSR. Beginning in 1996, ICPSR started periodic production and distribution to Official Representatives of CD-ROMs containing copies of data collections that have been recently acquired and released. Collections, or parts thereof, that are either too large or problematic for the CD-ROM media may not be included. Each collection included on this CD-ROM resides in its own subdirectory. In addition to the collection subdirectories, there are two other subdirectories used to organize information files on this and other Periodic Release CD-ROMs: \INFO and \INDEXES.

Access Status: Access restricted to U.W. Madison campus

Date Ordered: 1/20/1997

Documentation: Machine-readable codebook, SAS data definition statements and 1 volume hard copy questionnaire.

Abstract: This survey focused on the use of alcohol and on alcohol problems among undergraduate college students. Areas of investigation included students' personal alcohol use and the consequences of such activity, personal behaviors, binge drinking, use of alcohol by other students, and school alcohol policies. Data collected on personal alcohol use cover the number of drinks and drinking occasions in the past month, number of occasions when drunk, number of drinks consumed at school or off-campus events, method of obtaining alcohol if under 21 years of age, type of alcohol most often consumed, number of drinks needed to get drunk, reasons for drinking and for choosing not to drink, consequences of drinking (such as hangover, missing class, falling behind in school work, or injury), extent of perceived personal alcohol problem, level of alcohol use, and change in amount of alcohol consumed since the beginning of freshman year. Personal behaviors studied include use of drugs and cigarettes, use of a needle to inject drugs, sharing of drug needles, use of condoms during sexual intercourse, seeking help or counseling for alcohol or alcohol-related problems, frequency of vehicle usage in last 30 days, and frequency of alcohol-related behaviors while in a vehicle. Students were also queried on alcohol use by other students, including the appropriate amount of alcohol to consume in various situations, the importance of peer influences on drinking, and personal experiences resulting from other students' drinking (such as being insulted or pushed, property damage, interruption of sleep or study, unwanted sexual advances, and sexual assault), as well as the use of alcohol by a person with whom the student was romantically involved. Students were asked for their opinions of school alcohol policies, including which situations call for disciplinary action, the perceived effectiveness of campus policies, and the need for changes in the current campus alcohol policy. Other areas of investigation included use of alcohol in the last year of high school, use of alcohol by the student's family and the family's attitude toward drinking, satisfaction with college education, number of close friends, and number of hours spent per day in activities such as watching TV, studying, working, sleeping, socializing, and participating in student organizations, intercollegiate athletics, other physical activity, and volunteer work. The data also provide information on respondents' age, gender, year in college, place of residence, marital status, race, height, weight, mother's education, father's education, and religion.

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