Study examines student drinking habits

June 17, 2010

A new US study published in open access journal BioMed Central, examines the drinking habits of 143 college students. On average, students had 7 "drinking days" in their first month of college, and averaged 7.4 drinks per drinking day. Drinking was actually higher in August than in September -- before starting college. Students with higher grades in high school tended to drink less when they arrived at PSE, as did female students. Predictably, the drinking habits of roommates influenced participant drinking habits as well. The "age of first intoxication" was a very strong predictor, and possibly an opportunity for early intervention.  Toronto Sun