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Publications Using SCSU's CORE data

A manuscript entitled Trends in Alcohol Consumption Among Undergraduate Students at a Northeastern University, 2002-2008 was published in the Jan/Feb 2010 volume of The Journal of American College Health, a bimonthly peer-reviewed publication of the American College Health Association. This manuscript utilizes data collected from undergraduate students at Southern Connecticut State University during the Spring 2002, Spring 2004, Spring 2006 and Spring 2008 CORE Alcohol and Drug survey data collections at SCSU.

This manuscript examines the alcohol consumption patterns and trends in alcohol consumption among undergraduate SCSU students. The manuscript concludes that alcohol consumption is increasing in frequency and in volume among female students, students 21 years of age and older, students living off campus and students who are performing well academically. No decreases in alcohol consumption or volume were noted during the time period examined in the study. The authors recommend that qualitative study is needed to provide an explanation of the relationships between demographic and social conditions and increased alcohol consumption. These qualitative findings can be used to inform the creation of comprehensive tailored alcohol prevention programming.

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Variables examining Frequency of Alcohol Consumption include:

  • previous 30-day frequency of alcohol consumption (0 days, 1-2 days, 3-5 days, 6-9 days, 10-19 days, 20-29 days, all 30 days)
  • annual frequency of alcohol consumption (did not use, once/year, 6 times/year, once per month, twice per month, once per week, 3 times per week, 5 times per week, every day).
  • average weekly volume of alcohol consumed (average number of drinks consumed per week)
  • frequency of heavy drinking (5 or more drinks per sitting) within the past 2 weeks (never, once, twice, 3-5 times, 6-9 times, 10 or more times).

Demographic Measures used to examine Frequency of Alcohol Consumption include:

  • gender (male or female)
  • age (under 21 or 21 and older)
  • race/ethnicity (white or nonwhite)
  • residence type (on-campus or off-campus)
  • academic performance (approximate GPA A/B or approximate GPA C/D)

APA (v.6) citation:

Bulmer, S.M., Irfan, S., Mugno, R., Barton, B. & Ackerman, L. (2010). Trends in alcohol consumption among undergraduate students at a northeastern public university, 2002-2008. Journal of American College Health, (58)4, 383-390.