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Alcohol abuse as a rite of passage: the effect of beliefs about alcohol and the college experience on undergraduates' drinking behaviors.
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PMID:  17345914     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Qualitative studies of alcohol's ritual influences indicate that college undergraduates who drink heavily tend to view alcohol use as integral to the student role and feel entitled to drink irresponsibly. Our analyses, based on a standardized measure of these beliefs administered to approximately 300 students, confirmed these findings. Among our sample, beliefs about alcohol and the college experience had an effect on levels of alcohol consumption similar in magnitude to that of other variables commonly associated with a risk for heavy drinking. Moreover, the alcohol beliefs index moderated the effects of three risk factors--gender, high school drinking, and friends' use of alcohol--on respondents' drinking behaviors. These findings are discussed within the context of the anthropological literature on liminality and rites of passage and with regard to strategies for intervention that address the structural roots of the widespread abuse of alcohol on college campuses.
Lizabeth A Crawford; Katherine B Novak
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of drug education     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0047-2379     ISO Abbreviation:  J Drug Educ     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-09     Completed Date:  2007-04-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1300031     Medline TA:  J Drug Educ     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  193-212     Citation Subset:  IM    
Bradley University, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking / psychology*
Alcoholism / psychology*
Risk Factors
Sex Factors
Social Environment
Students / psychology*

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