A gender-specific measure of binge drinking among college students

Am J Public Health. 1995 Jul;85(7):982-5. doi: 10.2105/ajph.85.7.982.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Odds Ratio
  • Risk-Taking
  • Sex Distribution
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States / epidemiology