Sophomore = Wise Fool? The Examination of Alcohol Consumption Throughout Class Years

Victoria Xidas


Alcohol consumption occurs across all years of school in college. However, first year and sophomore students tend to be under the legal drinking age and are therefore have additional risks. Year in school may affect the amount of alcohol a person consumes 1. When comparing underclassmen drinking to upperclassmen drinking, as students progress into upperclassmen status, upperclassmen learn when and how to use alcohol 2. The purpose of this study is to examine the drinking variables across the different years in school (i.e., first year, sophomore, junior, and senior). Approximately 349 Miami University students participated. The majority of the participants were 18-22 years old. This study contains participants of both genders. However, females comprise 73% of the total participants. Most participants reported being of Caucasian descent. Data was collected through an online survey using a snowball recruitment method. The data showed a trend in drinking behavior throughout class years. In the descriptive data reports, the senior class reported the highest number of alcohol consumption on all days of the week, except for Saturday, which contained the highest alcohol consumption by sophomores. For most days of the week, the alcohol consumption amounts between classes are not significantly different from each other. However, on specific days of the week, sophomores showed a significant difference in drinking consumption compared to freshmen. This data overall makes it possible to analyze the significant jump in alcohol consumption from freshmen year to sophomore year. This information can also be useful in planning and targeting those that are most at risk for alcohol abuse 3.


Sophomore Year; Class Years; Alcohol Consumption

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