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Protective Behaviors and High-Risk Drinking Among Entering College Freshmen

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Objectives : To explore the use of protective behaviors to reduce risks associated with alcohol consumption among adolescents during the summer preceding college enrollment.

Methods : Survey data were collected in fall 2006 and 2007 that assessed demographic characteristics, drinking behaviors, and use of protective behaviors in the 3 months preceding the survey.

Results : Female participants reported using 4 out of 10 protective behaviors more often than did males, and using protective behaviors was significantly related to fewer negative drinking-related consequences.

Conclusions : Findings highlight potential benefits of using protective behaviors and the need to promote effective behaviors.

Keywords: college drinking; harm reduction; protective behaviors

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Medial Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC.

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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