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Alcohol usage at Francis Marion University: is there a cause for concern? (South Carolina Academy of Sciences Abstracts).

The National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse reported that each year, 1400 College students die from alcohol related accidents, 500,000 are injured and more than 70,000 are victims of alcohol-related rape or sexual assault. According to a extensive study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, binge drinking on college campus has become a nationally widespread problem with 44% of undergraduate reporting this behavior. About 25% of undergraduates (N=805) at Francis Marion University were surveyed using a similar survey instrument to determine alcohol usage patterns. Each student was classified either as an abstainer, a non-binge drinker, an occasional binge drinker or a frequent binge drinker. The responses were evaluated on the basis of age, sex, place of residence, and involvement in Greek organizations or athletics, and were used to determine if a binge-drinking problem actually did exist at FMU. According to the study's findings, 29% were abstainers, 46% were non-binge drinkers, 13% were occasional binge drinkers and 12% were frequent binge drinkers, Francis Marion had a lower percent of binge drinkers and more abstainers. However, for a small school in the bible-belt region, one out of every four students being binge drinkers seems a substantial amount. Furthermore, problems with underage drinking, and binge-drinking among Greeks and athletes were also found to exist.
Shannon Marie Asko, Tom Roop
Department of Biology
Francis Marion University
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Title Annotation:student behavior research
Author:Asko, Shannon Marie; Roop, Tom
Publication:Bulletin of the South Carolina Academy of Science
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jan 1, 2003
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