Student drinking at U.S. College sports events

Toben F. Nelson, Kathleen M. Lenk, Ziming Xuan, Henry Wechsler

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Alcohol consumption control policies at U.S. intercollegiate sports events, and their association with student drinking, were assessed using data from a 2001 nationally representative survey of students and administrators (n = 7,261 students, N = 117 colleges). Alcohol was available to sports event attendees through in-stadium sales, tailgating parties, and allowing spectators to bring in alcohol. Policies varied by college, with fewer restrictions at large public schools with NCAA Division I athletics. Permitting alcohol at tailgate parties was associated with more students drinking at sports events. Future research should evaluate whether enacting policy restrictions can reduce drinking and related problems at intercollegiate sports events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1861-1873
Number of pages13
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010


  • Alcohol
  • College
  • Emerging adulthood
  • Policy
  • Sports events


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