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Coed dorms linked to heavier drinking

November 17, 2009

A study appearing in the current issue of the Journal of American College Health suggests colleges and universities looking for ways to reduce binge drinking may want to consider whether the social pressures of coed housing are making matters worse.

More than 90 percent of college dorms today house both sexes, generally separated by floors or building wings, yet very little research has accompanied the change.

In this recent study conducted by Brian Willoughby and Jason Carroll, students living in coed dorms were more likely to say they drink alcohol at least weekly and far more likely to say they drink excessively on a regular basis – 41.5 percent reported weekly binge drinking. Among students in single-sex housing, the figure was 17.6 percent.

The new findings on housing and heavy drinking "really caught us off-guard," says study co-author Brian Willoughby, who says the coed dorm students' responses represent "a difference that I think needs to be looked at in greater depth."

Some scholars say the authors' conclusion goes beyond their data.

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