HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Study: Drinking in fraternities, sororities doesn't necessarily continue after college

Chapel Hill -- In the past, research has often linked belonging to a fraternity or sorority to heavy drinking during college.

Now, however, contrary to popular belief, students who drink a lot as part of fraternity and sorority life do not necessarily keep drinking at that level after they have finished college, a unique new study shows. Many "Greek" graduates appear to moderate their drinking once they leave campus.

Belonging to and participating in the social organizations, which tend to accept heavy drinking as normal, is what promotes the behavior, not a predisposition to drinking, the study shows. Other research has demonstrated that changing surroundings and social roles associated with work, marriage and parenthood tends to promote varying degrees of abstinence.

"This is an important study because for the first time it shows directly how important the perception of peer support is in these groups and that the behavior changes after college when presumably the peer support ends," said Dr. Bruce D. Bartholow, assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Previously, some people have believed that students who were in fraternities and sororities drank heavily because that's the kind of personality they have. We've shown that the social context, or situation, is what's important." A report on the study appears in the March issue of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, a professional journal published by the American Psychological Association. Besides Bartholow, who earned his doctorate at the University of Missouri, authors are Dr. Kenneth J. Sher, professor of psychology, and undergraduate Shivani Nanda, both at UM.

"In a sense, what we found echoes the expression 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do,'" Bartholow said. "When people are no longer in Rome, they aren't expected to act like Romans and usually stop doing so. In general, the same holds for drinking behavior."

The research
'"/>

Contact: David Williamson
david_williamson@unc.edu
919-962-8596
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
10-Mar-2001


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Study: Two brain systems regulate how we call for help
2. Study: Eye contact triggers threat signals in autistic childrens brains
3. Study: Young adults can be motivated to eat fruits, veggies
4. Study: Physical activity in middle age cuts risk of early death
5. Study: Brain battles itself over short-term rewards, long-term goals
6. Study: Dementia often undiagnosed in clinical settings
7. Study: Too few doctors ask teens about smoking
8. Study: Low-carb diet more effective than low-fat diet
9. Study: Many men take dietary supplements to prevent prostate cancer
10. Study: Height loss screen ultimately could reduce hip fractures
11. Study: New neurons can get out of spinal cord

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/10/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Mount Sinai Health System is hosting a ... Nations Staff Recreation Council in support of the Helen Sawaya Fund, a philanthropic ... art, massage, and pet therapies to increase the comfort and emotional and mental ...
(Date:1/10/2019)... ... ... The Karis Group, an Austin, Texas based company, announced today that it has ... Mr. Jiwa succeeds the past Chief Executive Officer, Mike Martin, who retired from ... as part of an orderly succession plan and transition of leadership at the 22-year ...
(Date:1/8/2019)... ... ... West 10th Dental in New York, NY is pleased to announce the launch ... founder of West 10th Dental, "We want our patients to know that we are, ... up with the latest in technology as dentistry changes, and by making ourselves always ...
(Date:1/8/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... January 08, 2019 , ... In Partnership ... provide free dental services for low-income, underinsured individuals in Las Vegas, NV on February ... x-rays, fillings, cleanings and extractions. For more information, please visit the Smiles for Everyone ...
(Date:1/7/2019)... , ... January 07, 2019 , ... ... Course is now a candidate for accreditation from the American Society of ... nationwide. The organization’s 45,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/11/2019)... ... ... According to research, acupuncture can quickly and effectively treat sinusitis, allergy, and asthma ... the respiratory treatment they need at its Houston clinic. , “We don’t just treat ... Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can treat a wide range of conditions,” said Sylvia He, ...
(Date:1/10/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... January 10, 2019 , ... ... to introduce the new A-Series Advantage Anesthesia Delivery platform, providing a modular, state-of-the-art ... A7 Advantage systems, enabling Mindray to continue its unwavering commitment to perioperative care. ...
(Date:1/8/2019)... ... January 08, 2019 , ... University Hospitals ... UroLift® Center of Excellence. The designation recognizes that Dr. Jaeger has achieved a ... commitment to exemplary care for men suffering from symptoms associated with benign prostatic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: