College Binge Drinking: Deviant Versus Mainstream behavior

School of Business Administration at Widener University, One University Place, Chester, Pennsylvania 19013, USA.
The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (Impact Factor: 1.78). 02/2006; 32(4):519-25. DOI: 10.1080/10623320600919144
Source: PubMed


College binge drinking is examined from the perspectives of two cultures. The traditional culture views binging as deviant; the second culture promotes it. In this context, logit regression is used to explore the effects of various factors, including student employment and parental education. Employed students are less likely to binge than are students who are not employed. Also, students whose mother is a college graduate, but whose father is not, are more likely to binge than other students. The prescriptions for reducing binge drinking are different when the behavior is perceived as mainstream rather than deviant. The research calls for the development of a process for promoting cultural change in an environment of continually changing student leadership.

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