Just a First-Year Thing? The Relations between Drinking During Orientation Week and Subsequent Academic Year Drinking Across Class Years

Benjamin C. Riordan, Tamlin S. Conner, Johannes Thrul, Jayde A.M. Flett, Kate B. Carey, Damian Scarf

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Abstract

Background: The goal of Orientation Week is to help new students adjust to university life. However, it is a period when many new students engage in excessive alcohol consumption and where problematic drinking patterns may be established. Objective: The objective is to determine whether returning students drink in a similar manner to students in their first-year of classes and whether Orientation Week drinking predicts semester drinking more strongly for first-year than returning students. Methods: We tested 552 students (18 to 25 years old) in their first, second, or third class year of university. Students reported their Orientation Week drinking and then completed daily drinking diaries for 13 consecutive days during the academic year. Results: Orientation Week drinking was similar across class years and also predicted academic year drinking for students in all class years. Conclusion/Importance: Drinking during Orientation Week is not just a first-year problem and prevention efforts should focus on all students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1501-1510
Number of pages10
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume53
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 29 2018

Keywords

  • Event-specific drinking
  • Orientation Week
  • student alcohol consumption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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