Binge drinking in and out of college
by Kaela Schumann on November 7, 2016 - 11:09pm
The article I found is titled “Binge drinking in and out of college: An examination of social control and differential association on binge drinking behaviors between college students and their non-college peers.” This article is about excessive drinking behavior in both college and non-college groups. It’s looking at whether one is more likely to drink in college or out of college at the same age. However, The most prominent predictor of individual drinking is peer behavior. This is an important subject to research because alcohol has negative consequences and can be dangerous especially to young people like college students.
For research, there was a survey conducted asking about alcohol use and college status. For further research, three different types of social control was measured, involvement, belief, and attachment. Their findings suggested that being in college or not being in college does affect whether or not you are more likely to binge drink. They also found a persons drinking behavior will be similar to there peers, it stated “…although the college environment is unique in some ways, peers significantly influence the behavior of 18-22 year olds, as differential association would predict,” (Byrd 2016)
There are many things that affect a persons drinking behavior. From this scholarly article we find peer behavior strongly affects it as well as whether or not someone pursued college, which increases the likelihood of binge drinking.
Byrd, K. M. (2016). Binge drinking in and out of college: An examination of social control and differential association on binge drinking behaviors between college students and their non-college peers. Sociological Spectrum, 36(4), 191-207. doi:10.1080/02732173.2016.1155516