Alcohol Consumption- Comparing Dry vs. Wet Campuses

Faculty Sponsor

Matthew Ringenberg


Arts and Sciences


Social Work

ORCID Identifier(s)

0000-0003-1231-7438 0000-0001-8754-4163 0000-0002-0035-5640

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-4-2017


The purpose of this study is to explore alcohol consumption among students on dry and wet campuses. The prevalence of binge drinking and alcohol consumption in United States colleges has grown greatly in the past few decades. According to a 2002 study, just over 30 percent of university students qualify as alcohol abusers. A study done by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in 2005 reported that close to 2,000 university students attending two or four-year programs (ages 18 to 24) die each year because of alcohol-related injuries (Do College Alcohol Policies Affect Student Drinking?, 2013). This study uses data that has been collected from two private institutions, one in which identifies as a wet and the other as a dry campus. The results of this study will be useful in providing updated information on alcohol consumption among college students and can be used as a tool to encourage conversation pertaining to safe alcohol consumption.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Maria Bahena is a senior social work major at Valparaiso University. She is currently interning at Thomas Jefferson Elementary, working alongside the school social worker. Interning there has given her the opportunity to practice the skills she has been learning in class and has given her a clear vision to figure out what she would like to focus on in her future career. She is looking forward to continuing her education. Eventually, she would like to work as a school social worker.

Kaycie Jones is a senior social work major at Valparaiso University. She is currently employed by the Caring Place of NWI, where she works as a client assistant to aid clients in their transition from recovery to an independent lifestyle. She is a strong believer in the strengths perspective and encourages self-sufficiency in clients and communities. Following graduation in May 2017, she will be attending Indiana University, where she will be earning her Masters of Social Work with a specialization in health.

Megan Leinard is a junior social work major at Valparaiso University. She is currently interning at Porter County Substance Abuse Council and volunteers with College Mentors for Kids. Doing research on alcohol consumption on college campuses is something that is particularly intriguing to her, and she would like to expand her skill set and knowledge. She believes that expanding this skill set will help her in future positions, such as grad school or job placement.

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