Practice Lab: (Thurs Aug 27):
Keep Completed Activity for Future Study
Activity 1: College Student Drinking
Original Source Article
John D. Clapp, Jong Won Min, Audrey M. Shillington, Mark B. Reed, Julie
Ketchie Croff (2008),
Person and Environment Predictors of Blood Alcohol Concentrations: A Multi-
Level Study of College Parties,
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
32 (1), 100–107
Source for Today’s Activity:
SUNDAY, Jan. 6 (HealthDay News) --
College Drinking Games Lead to Higher Blood Alcohol Levels
Women at themed events also drank more heavily than male peers, field study finds
-- Madeline Vann
The first on-the-scene study of college drinking behavior shows that parties with drinking
games result in higher blood alcohol levels, while themed parties encourage college women to
drink more heavily than men, new research suggests.
Previous studies of college drinking have relied largely on individual behavior and self-reports of drinking habits.
Researchers at San Diego State University and the University of Michigan have determined that environment and
party activities also affect drinking behavior.
"Most studies use survey methods that require people to recall their drinking behavior -- days, weeks or months prior
-- and such recall is not always accurate," corresponding author J. D. Clapp, director of the Center for Alcohol and
Drug Studies and Services at San Diego State University, said in a prepared statement. "By going out into the field
and doing observations and surveys, including breath tests for alcohol concentrations, we were able to mitigate many
of the problems associated with recall of behavior and complex settings."
The team observed 1,304 young adults (751 men, 553 women) at 66 college parties over the course of three
semesters. The parties all took place in private residences close to an urban public university in southern California.
The team noted party environment, surveyed attendees and collected blood-alcohol concentrations.
The researchers found that playing drinking games, having a personal history of binge drinking, attending a party with