CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Media advisory: students to present data from new binge drinking
survey Dec. 10
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Binge drinking at the University of Iowa is highest
among sophomores and juniors, and a majority of students think the accepted
definition of bingeing - four drinks in a sitting for women and five drinks
for men - is too low, according to a new study conducted by UI undergraduates
taking a class in public opinion polling. The survey is the first study
of binge drinking among college students to be designed and carried out
by the students themselves.
The students will present their findings to the media during their last
class session Thursday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. in Room 140, Shaeffer Hall on
the UI campus.
Some of the major topics addressed in the survey include: frequency
of drinking among students; students' thoughts on the accepted definition
of binge drinking; students' perceptions of how much other students drink;
students' evaluations of "Stepping Up" and other UI efforts to
reduce binge drinking; students' perceptions of the effectiveness of the
ban on alcohol in fraternity houses; and students' assessments of how the
Iowa City police officers treat students and deal with drinking among students.
Students designed the survey and carried out the interviews under the
direction of their professor, Arthur H. Miller, an internationally recognized
expert in public opinion polling and a member of the UI political science
The survey is based on telephone interviews with a random sample of
308 students selected from the UI registrar's list of students enrolled
for the fall term.
For more information, contact Miller at (319) 338-3373 or (319) 335-2328.