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Am J Public Health. 1995 Jul;85(7):982-5.

A gender-specific measure of binge drinking among college students.

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Department of Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA.

Abstract

This study examined the relationship of volume of alcohol consumed to the occurrence of alcohol-related problems among male and female college students to develop a gender-specific measure of heavy episodic or binge drinking by college students for public health research. A self-administered survey was mailed to a national representative sample of students at 140 4-year colleges in 40 states and the District of Columbia. A total of 17,592 college students completed the survey. Women who typically drink four drinks in a row were found to have roughly the same likelihood of experiencing drinking-related problems as men who typically drink five drinks in a row. Use of the same standard for both sexes underestimates binge drinking and the negative health risks for women.

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PMC1615545
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