Document Type

Honors Project


Current research about college students' binge drinking focuses on risk factor in isolation from students' decisions to attend particular colleges. I use data from the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study to address this gap in the research. Using two-stage regression analysis, I find that students' predisposition to attend college with high rates of binge drinking substantially lessens the impact of several factors thought to correlate with binge drinking. My findings suggest that colleges and other interested parties should restructure programs aimed to decrease binge drinking on college campuses, since factors like student attitudes and orientation toward recreational use of alcohol may be consequence of student choice of college, rather than exogenous causes of binge drinking.



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