Date of Award

Spring 4-17-2021

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Addiction Studies

First Advisor

Dr. John Korkow

Second Advisor

Bob Starr

Third Advisor

Justin Breske


Alcohol, College, University, Drinking, Student

Subject Categories

Chemicals and Drugs | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Background: College students are faced with the problem of balancing between the freedom attained for the first time in life and living responsibly away from parents. Most of the students rely on colleges as the platform through which they undergo desired developmental changes.

Aim: The study aims to examine student’s knowledge and attitudes towards the consumption of alcohol and policies developed by campuses.

Methods: The study employs meta-analysis technique in which data from several studies are combined. The method is used to determine the common effect especially because the effect size is consistent from a single study to another. The study collects data from research conducted among college students in the past decade.

Results: The study finding indicates that the majority of college students are aware of and understand the policies developed by the campuses. Half of the students who are aware of the regulations do not follow them. The majority of the students engage in drinking in social events because they emulate their peers and seek to attain sensation feeling.

Conclusion: It is evident that college drinking is a social problem that is rampant in colleges. The administration of campuses has rules that are not followed by the students. Sensation seeking and peer pressure rank among the most critical factors that lead to binge drinking on campuses.



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