Rates of teen alcohol abuse rise during the summer between high school and college, according to Dr. Mark Wood, a professor of psychology at the University of Rhode Island.
- Dr. Wood's research indicates that most American teenagers begin to drink by age 15 years old, but their consumption increases during that summer and their first semester of college.
- This occurs even among students whose parents establish rules and provide emotional support.
- Dr. Willett and his colleagues studied the drinking habits of 1000 incoming college freshmen, and then showed them how their habits compared to others their age.
- Some students received a Brief Motivational Intervention at the beginning of the study.
About 28 percent of the students did not drink at all, and many were surprised to learn the percent was so high. Heavy drinkers who got the intervention tended to cut back on their alcohol consumption. Moderate drinkers were less likely to transition into heavy drinking or develop alcohol-related problems if they participated in the intervention.
The study appears in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
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