Differences in alcohol use and alcohol-related problems among fraternity and sorority members

Nancy Grant Harrington, Nancy L. Brigham, Richard R. Clayton

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This study examined gender differences in alcohol consumption and problem behaviors among fraternity and sorority college students. Males were more likely to drink 13+ drinks at one time; females were more likely to drink 1-3, 4-6, and 7-12 drinks. Females experienced more problems at the 4-6 level; numbers of problems experienced were approximately equal at the 7-12 and 13+ levels. The correlation between consumption and problems was stronger for females (r = 0.58) than for males (r = 0.42). Problem behaviors might be due to individual differences or environmental forces acting upon individuals. Longitudinal studies should investigate possible causal pathways to inform the design of interventions for this at-risk population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-246
Number of pages10
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 25 1997

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse grant DA-05312.


  • Alcohol consumption
  • College students
  • Problem behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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