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Iowa City IA 52242
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Media advisory: students to present data from new binge drinking survey Dec. 10

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Binge drinking at the University of Iowa is highest among sophomores and juniors, and a majority of students think the accepted definition of bingeing - four drinks in a sitting for women and five drinks for men - is too low, according to a new study conducted by UI undergraduates taking a class in public opinion polling. The survey is the first study of binge drinking among college students to be designed and carried out by the students themselves.

The students will present their findings to the media during their last class session Thursday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. in Room 140, Shaeffer Hall on the UI campus.

Some of the major topics addressed in the survey include: frequency of drinking among students; students' thoughts on the accepted definition of binge drinking; students' perceptions of how much other students drink; students' evaluations of "Stepping Up" and other UI efforts to reduce binge drinking; students' perceptions of the effectiveness of the ban on alcohol in fraternity houses; and students' assessments of how the Iowa City police officers treat students and deal with drinking among students.

Students designed the survey and carried out the interviews under the direction of their professor, Arthur H. Miller, an internationally recognized expert in public opinion polling and a member of the UI political science faculty.

The survey is based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 308 students selected from the UI registrar's list of students enrolled for the fall term.

For more information, contact Miller at (319) 338-3373 or (319) 335-2328.

12/9/98