College student binge drinking and the "prevention paradox": implications for prevention and harm reduction.

@article{Weitzman2004CollegeSB,
  title={College student binge drinking and the "prevention paradox": implications for prevention and harm reduction.},
  author={Elissa R. Weitzman and Toben F Nelson},
  journal={Journal of drug education},
  year={2004},
  volume={34 3},
  pages={247-65}
}
Considerable attention has been paid to heavy episodic or "binge" drinking among college youth in the United States. Despite widespread use, the binge measure is perceived by some as a low intervention threshold. We use data from the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study (n = 49,163) to describe patterns of consumption and harms along a continuum including the binge measure to demonstrate the validity of the binge threshold and prevention paradox in college. While the heaviest… CONTINUE READING

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