Volume 6

College Students’ Perceptions of How Alcohol Use Impacts Academic Achievement

Christina M. Cantrell and Mary DeCiero

Alcohol abuse is a common problem on college campuses. This study surveyed college students (n = 180) with a mean age of 22 years. Females constituted 70% and males constituted 30% of the participants. Each participant was asked to complete a survey and respond to one of six scenarios. The scenarios depicted a male or female who varied in drinking behaviors (light, moderate, and heavy drinking patterns). Perceptions of the academic success of the scenario characters were rated. The results indicated that participants attributed more academic success to scenario characters who drank lightly or moderately than to scenario characters who drank heavily, regardless of gender.

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