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Determinants of Alcohol Consumption By College Students


  • Elia Kacapyr
  • Samira Choudhury


This paper exploits a random survey of 704 Ithaca College students regarding their demographics and alcohol consumption. Regression analysis is used to explore a variety of issues including: gender differences in alcohol consumption, whether marijuana and alcohol are complements or substitutes, underage drinking, the drinking habits of athletes, family history and alcohol abuse, the efficacy of specific policies designed to curb alcohol consumption by students. A separate logistic regression is used to explore the determinants of binge drinking. The main finding is that the "social norms" approach to addressing alcohol abuse on campus is based on a false premise.Perceptions of the typical amount of alcohol consumption on campus have no impact on personal consumption behavior.

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  • Elia Kacapyr & Samira Choudhury, 2006. "Determinants of Alcohol Consumption By College Students," New York Economic Review, New York State Economics Association (NYSEA), pages 3-19.
  • Handle: RePEc:nye:nyervw:v:37:y:2006:i:1:p:3-19

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    1. Xueyan Zhao & Mark N. Harris, 2004. "Demand for Marijuana, Alcohol and Tobacco: Participation, Levels of Consumption and Cross-equation Correlations," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, pages 394-410.
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