Extreme ritualistic alcohol consumption among college students on game day

Tavis J. Glassman, Virginia J. Dodd, Jiunn Jye Sheu, Barbara A. Rienzo, Alex C. Wagenaar

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Alcohol use and the related consequences associated with college football games are a serious public health issue for university communities. Objective: Examining "Extreme Ritualistic Alcohol Consumption" (ERAC), defined as consuming 10 or more drinks on game day for a male, and 8 or more drinks for a female, is the focus of this study. Participants: In the fall of 2006, college students ages 18 to 24 were randomly selected to complete the Game Day Survey. Methods: Researchers utilized a cross sectional research design to collect data. Results: Sixteen percent of the respondents engaged in ERAC on game day, whereas 36% drank 5 or more drinks (4 or more for females). Male, Caucasian, Greek (members of a social fraternity or sorority), and students of legal drinking age consumed alcohol at disproportionately high rates. Conclusion: Alcohol use is common on game day, with a significant percentage of students placing themselves at risk by drinking large amounts of alcohol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-423
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Mar 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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