No. The entire young
adult population does not attend college. The comparable data to young
adults in the working population may be different than college
One point would be generalizability. College students may have
different demographics than the general young adult population.
College students may be from more affluent families with greater
disposable income. This may lead to a greater frequency of binge
drinking. Answers may point out the difference between college
students and other young adult populations (military recruits, high
school dropouts, etc).
Another point may include the validity of self-reporting. Problem
drinkers may answer intentionally underreport the amount and frequency
of alcohol use.
- 52.4 - 47.2 = 5.2
5.2 / 52.4 = 9.9%
Answer = 10%
64.7 - 48.2 = 16.5
16.5 / 64.7 = 25.5%
Answer = 26%
- These data indicate
an overall decrease in risky drinking behaviors among college
students. There has not been a large increase in college students
abstaining from alcohol but the drinking student population has
moderated their drinking habits, not as many students binge drinking
or drinking to get drunk. Overall, the binge-drinking rate among UNL
students is higher than college students nationally.
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