Unusual Alcohol Consumption Methods and Risky Drinking

Laura Roberts

Abstract


Approximately 65% of college students consume alcohol in a given month, and many of the college students will drink to excess11. College student alcohol consumption is a public health concern in the United States. College students seem to be exploring non-oral and other extreme methods of consuming alcohol. These methods such as vodka eyeballing may cause eye injuries1 and are related to negative consequences. While some of these extreme methods have received media attention (e.g., powdered alcohol), they are very low prevalence forms of alcohol consumption2.  The research examining these non-oral and extreme methods of consuming alcohol is limited. It is still unknown what other atypical drinking habits (e.g., butt chugging and beer miles) are prevalent on campuses, and whether or not those that engage in two or more of the behaviors are less likely to academically succeed and more likely to have alcohol issues. The purpose of the current study is to expand the list of extreme methods of alcohol consumption, to examine the prevalence of the consumptions methods, and to determine if clusters of the methods relate to academic and other negative consequences. Data is currently being collected via an online survey. It is being administered to undergraduate students at a mid-sized Midwestern school in the United States. Since data is still ongoing, there is no exact number of participants and there are no results on the findings yet. As an incentive to participate, there will be a drawing for four $50 gift-cards at the end of the survey. It is expected that the data will show evidence of atypical drinking habits. It is also expected that those that do engage in two or more of the habits will be more likely to drink more and be less academically engaged.


Keywords


Extreme methods; alcohol consumption; academic engagement

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