College students' binge drinking at a beach-front destination during spring break

J Am Coll Health. 1998 May;46(6):247-54. doi: 10.1080/07448489809596000.


Four hundred forty-two women and 341 men were surveyed at Panama City Beach, Florida, to assess the effects of gender, age, fraternity or sorority membership, and travel motivation on alcohol consumption and binge drinking during spring break. The mean number of drinks consumed the previous day was 18 for men and 10 for women; 91.7% of the men and 78.1% of the women had participated in a binge-drinking episode during the previous day. Respondents less than 21 years old consumed less alcohol and reported significantly lower frequencies of intoxication than those over 21. The men's reported levels of alcohol consumption, binge drinking, and intoxication to the point of sickness were significantly higher than the women's, but fraternity or sorority membership was not associated with higher levels of consumption. Students motivated to visit the specific destination because of its "party" reputation consumed significantly more alcohol than students who cited other reasons for going there.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / epidemiology*
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Female
  • Florida / epidemiology
  • Holidays
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk-Taking
  • Sampling Studies
  • Sex Distribution
  • Students / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities