A systematic review of college student-athlete drinking: Prevalence rates, sport-related factors, and interventions

J Subst Abuse Treat. 2006 Oct;31(3):305-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2006.05.004. Epub 2006 Jul 25.


Alcohol use among college students has become a considerable public health problem. Among this group, intercollegiate athletes are at a particularly high risk for excessive alcohol consumption and resulting negative alcohol-related consequences. The purpose of our review was to systematically examine three main issues related to alcohol consumption among intercollegiate athletes: (a) the prevalence rates and alcohol consumption patterns of this group, especially in comparison with those of collegiate nonathletes; (b) the various factors that might motivate or encourage alcohol use among intercollegiate athletes, primarily sport-related individual and environmental variables; and (c) considerations for conducting alcohol-related interventions with intercollegiate athletes.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Prevalence
  • Sex Distribution
  • Sports*
  • Students*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Universities