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NCJ Number: 120786 Find in a Library
Title: Explaining Alcohol Consumption and Related Experiences Among Fraternity and Sorority Members
Journal: Journal of College Student Development  Volume:30  Issue:5  Dated:(September 1989)  Pages:448-458
Author(s): L Goodwin
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A survey of 2,276 fraternity and sorority members at a public university in the fall of 1985 gathered information on the extent of alcohol consumption and the reasons for drinking alcohol and suggested strategies for lowering alcohol consumption.
Abstract: Findings show a wide range of individual differences relating to the amount of alcohol consumed and the perceptions of danger in alcohol use. The heavy drinkers in the current study tend to be men and include two subgroups: those who are somewhat aware of their heavy drinking because they experience hangovers and other negative effects and those who do not have strong aversive physical reactions to alcohol. The members of this group are especially at risk of addiction because they are unaware of any problems associated with their drinking. In addition, members of both groups tend to underestimate the extent of their drinking and reject the idea of external controls by the university or fraternity organization. However, a sizable minority of sorority members, as well as some fraternity members who consume modest amounts of alcohol, are concerned about too much drinking in the houses and are somewhat disposed to external control of drinking. These persons could form the basis of a new effort to lower alcohol consumption by introducing nonalcoholic parties that use techniques of relaxation and group dynamics. Tables and 16 references.
Main Term(s): Alcoholic beverage consumption
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Alcohol abuse education; Alcoholism causes; Campus crime
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