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Comparing Greek-Affiliated Students and Student Athletes: An Examination of the Behavior-Intention Link, Reasons for Drinking, and Alcohol-Related Consequences

NCJ Number
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education Volume: 55 Issue: 3 Dated: December 2011 Pages: 61-81
Karie K. Huchting, Ph.D.; Andrew Lac, Ph.D., M.P.A.; Justin F. Hummer, B.A.; Joseph W. LaBrie, Ph.D.
Date Published
December 2011
21 pages
The authors of this study compared the affiliation with Greek fraternities/sororities and intercollegiate athletic teams with heavy drinking.
While affiliation with Greek fraternities/sororities and intercollegiate athletic teams is associated with heavier drinking (Meilman et al., 1999), few studies have compared reasons for drinking among these groups. A sample of 1,541 students, identifying as either Greeks or athletes, completed an online survey. Athletes were significantly higher than Greeks on conformity reason for drinking. Tests of independent correlations indicated the magnitude of the past behavior to intention link was considerably stronger for Greeks. Greeks experienced significantly more social problems from drinking. Several group by gender ANOVA models found significant main effects with highest drinking rates, usually among Greek males, and lowest among female athletes. Understanding these specific group differences informs recommendations for group-specific and tailored educational interventions, which are discussed. (Published Abstract)