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This report the findings of a new survey of college student drinking recently completed by the Harvard School of Public Health With data collected from a national sample of nearly 17600 students at 140 four-year colleges and universities the survey provides an estimate of the extent of binge drinking and a profile of the types of students most prone to alcohol-related problems This is the first study of college drinking that uses a representative national sample of both colleges and individual students See the sidebar Methodology As a result the findings reported here can be applied to all American four-year colleges thereby providing a complete national portrait of student drinking behavior The bulletin has been written for administrators at institutions of higher education who are responsible for developing and implementing alcohol and drug policies on campus including college presidents vice presidents deans of students and deans of residential life Other members of the college community who have a special interest in substance use prevention--faculty students program directors campus security and other staff--will also find the bulletin to be a useful national overview of college student drinking patterns Principal findings from the survey which are described more fully in the bulletin include the following My roommate and I went to a party and she got drunk She hooked up with this guy from the fraternity and had sex with him that night I couldnt have stopped her because she would have gotten mad The next day we found out that the guy is seeing someone else and is known all around campus for taking advantage of girls when theyre drunk - Anonymous Respondent College Alcohol Study Harvard School of Public Health 1993 Overall 44 percent of US college students engaged in binge drinking during the two weeks prior to the survey For men binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks in a row and for women as having
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