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Early Adulthood: Alcohol Use

Early Adulthood: Alcohol Use

College Students and their Use of Alcohol
Purpose and Overview
The purpose is to collect information about alcohol use in early adulthood to learn more
about changes in physical development in young adults.
Preparation
1. Read pages 302-303 in Chapter 11 to review alcohol use in early adulthood
2. Read journal article by Weiztman, Nelson & Wechsler (2003). Taking up
binge drinking in college: The influences of person, social group and
environment, Journal of Adolescent Health, 32(1), 26-35. On BlackBoard!
3. Find five friends in early adulthood to interview about their history of alcohol
use
4. Create an interview sheet and make five copies to record each person’s
responses (do not use names, use numbers to represent each person). Use
questions such as: How often do you have a drink? At what age did you first
drink? How much do you drink? Do you ever get drunk? How frequently?
Where do you usually drink or get drunk? Do you drink alone? Do you drink
in the morning? Do you ever drink and drive?
Procedure
1. Use the interview questions on the interview sheet provided to record each
person’s responses about their drinking behaviors.
2. Write a report describing what you found and how this information relates to
information in the text about alcohol use in early adulthood in accord with the
format tin the Project Guidelines (Note: please hand in all five interview
sheets with report). In addition, in this report, answer the following questions:
3. What is the average frequency of drinking in your subjects? What is the range
among individuals? Are there large differences in frequency of drinking? Are
there age or sex differences?
4. What is the average age at which your subjects first drank? What is the range
among individuals? Are there large differences in the age at which they started
drinking? Are there age or sex differences?
5. On average, how much do these subjects consume when they drink? What is
the range among individuals? Are there age or sex differences?
6. How often, overall, odes this group get drunk? What is the range among
individuals? Are there large individual differences in frequency of
drunkenness? Are there age or sex differences?
7. Discuss how your findings compare to Weiztman et al. (2003) findings on
college students and binge drinking

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