SHOCK STUDY: American Students Drink More When They Study Abroad

by 7 years ago

Here are some of the notable highlights of the study:

  • Drinking increased most dramatically in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Students reported drinking more when they perceived their fellow travelers were drinking more heavily, and those who planned to make drinking part of their cultural immersion did so. …
  • “In general drinking is an issue on college campuses. When you take that and put it in a foreign country there's potential for more consequences,” Pedersen said. He noted, however, that most students who study overseas, including those who drink, do not get in trouble while they're abroad. …
  • On average, those students doubled their drinking while abroad, but most returned to an average of three to five drinks a week when they returned to Seattle. A subset of students who traveled to the Middle East and other places where drinking is not as prevalent reported their intake decreased while abroad. …
  • Students who were less than the legal drinking age in the United States increased their drinking while abroad by about 170 percent, the study found. The overall increase was about 105 percent. …
  • Henry Wechsler, a lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health, who was not involving in Pedersen's research, said the finding that location is an important element in shaping drinking behavior is consistent with his department's research. “We found that college students in the United States tend to drink at the levels of young people in the states where the colleges are located. What seems to be added here is that being away from the home environment of the college may create a 'spring break' atmosphere,” he said.


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