COLLEGE ALCOHOL STUDY (CAS) OF THE HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC

by Chhavi Madaan | 2020-07-24

The Harvard School of Public has started a study named as Colleges Alcohol Study (CAS) it has begun in 1992. The study has begun to analyze how much percentage of college students are involved in drinking alcohol. The study ended after 14 years with 4 national surveys and there are more than 80 publications have been published in this study.

The CAS was designed to study the drinking habit of students in college and to describe the drinking behavior of this high-risk group. In 1994, the first report has been published by Wechsler et al., 1994) of Colleges Alcohol Study (CAS) launching a decade of research and discussion about the drinking habit of college students and their behavior after drinking.

The purpose of this article is to review the findings of the CAS and the implication of these findings for addressing problems related to drinking among college students.

The main and foremost objective of the CAS was to learn more about the types of behavior of drinking alcoholic students of the college that are captivating in drinking and the results of consequences that they had already been suffering from. Few Measures of alcohol consumption students were incorporated into the CAS survey questionnaire. More than 50,000 students have participated in the CAS at around 120 colleges.

The primary measure was compotation drinking, which has been categorized into three groups. The first group of men with five or more drinks in a row, the second group of women with four or more drinks and the third and last group is one or more occasions during 2week period immediately before the upcoming survey of (Wechsler and Austin, 1998; Wechsler et al., 1995b; Wechsler and Nelson, 2001, 2006).

Other consumption measures included any alcohol use in the past year; frequent compotation drinking, defined as binging on three or more occasions in the past 2 weeks; There is the total number of drinking alcohol occasionally in the past 30 days and the constant number of drinks on a drinking occasion. These measures were vestige in each of the CAS surveys and are strongly intercorrelated (Weitzman and Nelson, 2004).

The first CAS study has been found in 1993 is that binge drinking was a prevalent activity among American college students. Almost Two in five students (44%) attending 4-year colleges in the United States drink alcohol at this level or greater which can cause huge health issue among students, and this rate of binge drinking has been stable in all four administrations of the CAS from 1993 to 2001 (Wechsler et al., 1994, 1998, 2000b, 2002b).

The main objective of CAS was to spread awareness among students about the extent of college binge drinking and associated harms.

Stay Safe. Stay Health. Stay Tuned.

 

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