Drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis is harmful to health. College matriculation is often associated with increases in the
frequency and intensity of drinking.
This study used a national sample
to examine the association between being a college student and changes
in excessive drinking from late adolescence through young adulthood and
whether students' residing with their parents during the school year
affected the association.
‘Being a student is not a universal risk factor for excessive drinking across the ages of 18 to 30 years, revealed a new study.’
Researchers analyzed data from the
National Epidemiologic Study on Alcohol and Related Conditions for 8,645
non-high school young adults aged 18 to 30 years. Excessive drinking in
the past year was defined for men as ≥10 standard drinks per occasion
and for women as ≥8) standard drinks per occasion.
drinking guidelines was defined as >14 drinks per week for men and
>7 drinks per week for women. Students who resided away from their
parents and students who lived with their parents during the school year
were compared to non-students.
Results showed that being a
student is not a universal risk factor for excessive drinking across the
ages of 18 to 30 years. While being a student was associated with
excessive drinking, this was true only at certain ages and for certain
student groups: for example, during the traditional college ages of the
early 20s and for those students living away from home.
speculate that it may not necessarily be student status that is related
to increased odds of excessive drinking during the early 20s, but rather
an absence of demands associated with commitments such as full-time
employment, marriage, and parenthood.