Being With Friends and the Potential for Binge Drinking During the First College Semester
Author(s): Crawford, L. A., & Novak, K. B.
Citation: Crawford, L. A., & Novak, K. B. (2018). Being With Friends and the Potential for Binge Drinking During the First College Semester. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 30(2), 79-96.
In this prospective study, we assess the relationship between being with high school friends during the college transition and binge drinking. Across analyses (n = 489), the presence of high school friends during the college transition was associated with reduced binge drinking at the end of the first college semester among individuals at risk for this behavior because they drank in high school, associated alcohol use with the student role, or engaged in binge drinking at the beginning of the fall term. This is consistent with research linking social integration to behavioral regulation and suggests the presence of high school friends during the college transition serves as a source of social control at a juncture characterized by a reduction in normative constraint. Implications for practitioners seeking to assess new students’ risks for binge drinking and to more effectively meet the needs of vulnerable groups are discussed in relation to the study results.