Equality Comes at a High Ris: An Analysis of the Gender Specific Versus Convergence Models of Binge Drinking

Christine A. Eith, University of Delaware
Carol R. Gregory, University of Delaware
Steven S. Martin, University of Delaware


There is a long-standing history of high risk drinking among college students in the United States. As such, there have been a number of studies focusing on the problems of excessive, irresponsible, and illegal drinking. In recent years, however, it has been noted that the gender-gap in binge drinking has begun to shrink, and female "binge drinkers" are becoming more prevalent. Using data from the Harvard School of Public Health Student Survey administered at the University of Delaware from 1997 to 2001, this study compares the gender specific and convergence models of binge drinking to determine if there are significant gender differences in binge drinking behaviors among college students over a five-year period. This analysis will seek to determine if the factors that influence male, high risk drinking behavior are the same factors that influence female, high risk drinking behavior. Findings and possible policy recommendations will be discussed.

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