Section 9
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Differences in alcohol use and alcohol-related problems among fraternity and sorority members

Grant Harrington, N.; Brigham, N.L.; Clayton, R.R.

Drug and Alcohol Dependence 47(3): 237-246


ISSN/ISBN: 0376-8716
PMID: 9306049
DOI: 10.1016/s0376-8716(97)00096-3
Accession: 008466107

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This study examined gender differences in alcohol consumption and problem behaviors among fraternity and sorority college students. Males were more likely to drink 13+ drinks at one time; females were more likely to drink 1-3, 4-6, and 7-12 drinks. Females experienced more problems at the 4-6 level; numbers of problems experienced were approximately equal at the 7-12 and 13+ levels. The correlation between consumption and problems was stronger for females (r=0.58) than for males (r=0.42). Problem behaviors might be due to individual differences or environmental forces acting upon individuals. Longitudinal studies should investigate possible causal pathways to inform the design of interventions for this at-risk population.

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