2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Relationship of Alcohol Consumption to Academic Performance
Veronica Neutzler
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of alcohol consumption on academic performance among college students. Upperclass students (83 M, 94 F) completed a questionnaire related to their academic performance and alcohol consumption habits. They were asked to rate their frequency of alcohol consumption by choosing one of six options that ranged from abstainer to heavy drinker. In addition, subjects were asked to determine the degree of negligence of schoolwork due to alcohol and lack of attendance due to alcohol. High negative correlations were noted for GPA with frequency of alcohol consumption (r = -0.89) and for GPA with perceived effect of alcohol consumption on academic performance (r = -0.99). GPA of students who reported heavy drinking was 0.2685 points, or 8.3%, less than those who reported never drinking. Those who never faltered in classroom work or attendance had a 0.414 points or 13.4% higher GPA.

Keywords: alcohol consumption, academic performance, correlation, GPA, drinking

Topic(s):Exercise Science
Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 9-7
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 4:30

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