2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Collegiate Binge Drinking Trends Over the Springs of 2009-2011
Matthew P. LaPointe
Dr. Roberta Donahue, Faculty Mentor

Binge drinking, defined as five or more drinks within a two-hour period, is a severe problem across the nation. Truman participates with Missouris Partners in Prevention (MOPIP) coalition to reduce high risk behaviors. The Missouri College Health Behavior Survey, an internet survey conducted annually by MOPIP, gathers information about health behaviors of college student. The presentations purpose is to examine alcohol trends between the springs 2009-2011 among Truman students. Data indicates there have been some positive and negative trends, and some unchanged behaviors. An example of a mixed trend is the percentage of students reporting they consumed alcoholic beverages 12-14 days out of the previous two weeks decreasing from 2.3% in 2010 to .8%, but this is still greater than the 0% of those in 2009. There are many opportunities to educate students about high risk drinking such as the Missouri Department of Transportations CHEERS program and social norm initiatives.

Keywords: Binge, Alcohol, CHEERS, Truman, MOPIP, Drinking

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 600-9
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 3:30

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