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University of Iowa Media Advisory

Aug. 25, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY: Nathan To Give Lecture On Undergraduate Binge Drinking

WHAT: 2003-04 University of Iowa College of Public Health Distinguished Faculty Lecture

WHO: Peter E. Nathan, Ph.D., professor of community and behavioral health in the UI College of Public Health and UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology

WHEN/WHERE: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 Seebohm Conference Room (Room 283), Eckstein Medical Research Building

Binge drinking by U.S. undergraduates has achieved epidemic proportions. National surveys show that nearly half of all undergraduates meet criteria as binge drinkers; about one in five meet criteria as frequent binge drinkers. At the University of Iowa, the numbers are even higher. Surveys indicate that almost 70 percent of UI undergraduates are binge drinkers and almost 50 percent are frequent binge drinkers. Given the significant adverse social, academic, and health-related consequences of binge drinking, these figures are extremely worrisome.

In his talk, Nathan will review the national and Iowa data on binge drinking, look closely at their impact on behavior, speculate on why binge drinking at the UI is so prevalent, and suggest how it might be brought under better control.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow Nathan's talk.
For more information regarding this lecture, contact Dan McMillan at 319-335-6835.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACT: Media: Dan McMillan, 319-335-6835, daniel-mcmillan@uiowa.edu Writer: Debra Venzke