Data obtained from the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey was used to document the patterns of alcohol and other substance use by Cornell College students. The survey was administered at Cornell in February 2000 to a sample of 359 students balanced by gender, year in school, and academic department. Emphasis in the analysis was placed on assessing the predictors of binge drinking and revealing its associated consequences. Multiple regression models demonstrated that gender (being male), social group membership, current tobacco use, and alcohol consumption before the age of 18 were all significant predictors of binge drinking among Cornell students. Chi-square analyses indicated that students identified as binge drinkers were significantly more likely to have experienced a multitude of alcohol-related consequences harmful to both themselves and others, and were also more likely to associate positive effects and less risk with alcohol use. The results of this investigation showed that the binge drinking and substance use patterns of Cornell students have a negative impact on the Cornell community and are similar in scope to the substance use patterns of college students throughout the United States.
Dana Snyder, ’01 Cedar Rapids, IA
Major: Biology and Psychology
Sponsor: Barbara Christie-Pope