Problem Drinking Behaviors: Differential Effects of Stress and School Type on College Students


Given that alcohol use is highly prevalent at US colleges, we explored factors related to problem drinking behaviors (PDB; binge drinking, driving after drinking, sexual intercourse after drinking) among 4098 Black and White students from two- and four-year colleges who completed an online survey. We found an interaction between race and sex such that, among Whites, females had less PDB than males (B = 0.09, CI: 0.05; 0.40, p = 0.01). An interaction between race and school type also existed, such that White students from four-year schools had greater PDB (B = 0.11, CI: 0.20; 0.54, p < 0.001). An interaction between race and stress suggested that Black students were more negatively affected by stress in terms of PBD (B = 0.12, CI: 0.01; 0.07, p = 0.01).

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Tran, A. , Nehl, E. , Sales, J. and Berg, C. (2014) Problem Drinking Behaviors: Differential Effects of Stress and School Type on College Students. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 4, 216-221. doi: 10.4236/ojpm.2014.44027.

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