Student perceptions of drinking culture in three Australian residential colleges
Jan 27, 2023
A research article has been published in “Drug and Alcohol Review” titled “Student perceptions of the current drinking culture in three Australian residential colleges: Drinking motives, consequences and recommendations for harm minimisation strategies.” Seventy-seven students participated in focus groups that found that while direct peer pressure to drink was uncommon, indirect social influence to drink was more common. Social norms around attending college events where drinking would be expected to occur, along with modelling of excessive drinking patterns contributed to this indirect social influence. The students demonstrated awareness and acceptance of harm reduction strategies, and were interested in improving these strategies.