How Much Do You Know?

What is the difference in the number of times per month that underage males and females at Nebraska post-secondary schools report drinking? 

ANSWER: Males and females drink about the same amount of times per month.

Underage students at Nebraska post-secondary schools in 2013 Males Females
How many times drank per month 6.86 times 5.43 times
Who drank (at whatever amount per occasion) 65.5% 69.7%
Drinks per occasion in one month 4.22 drinks 2.71 drinks

Similar to trends observed nationally, the difference between male and female drinking patterns continues to decline. In fact, unlike at the turn of the century, in 2009-10, there was NO statistically significant difference between the percentage of first year males and females who chose to drink. However, there was a slight difference between the average number of drinks per occasion, with females drinking half as many drinks as males in one sitting. When asked, first year students frequently over-estimated the number of times their peers drink alcohol.

It is interesting to note that 79.5% of Clarkson College consumed alcohol 4 times or less per month with over half of that number (47.5%) being 2 times or less.

Underage male students report engaging in occasional* binge drinking at much higher rates than underage female students at Nebraska post-secondary schools.


Underage students at Nebraska post-secondary schools in 2013 Males Females
Occasional binge drinking (2 or fewer times in the last 2 weeks) 10.2% 9.6%
Frequent binge drinking (3 or more times in the last 2 weeks) 16.8% 12.4%

In 2012, occasional binge drinking was almost the same for first year males and females. This information again shows that the gap between male and female drinking behavior is narrowing in some regards. Males continue to report slightly higher rates of frequent binge drinking than females. Regardless, it is important to emphasize in your conversations with your sons and daughters that the overwhelming majority of first year students didn't binge drink in the previous two weeks (73% men; 88% females).

Engaging in meaningful volunteer activities will ________________ the likelihood of high-risk drinking.

ANSWER: Decrease

Research supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that student commitment to volunteering over a 30-day period was positively correlated with reduced levels of high-risk drinking as well with primary and secondary harms.

Students who were involved in sports during high school are less likely to engage in high-risk drinking at college.


While it's unclear why, the fact remains that students who were athletes in high school are more likely to drink in high-risk ways at college.

Which of the following is the most commonly reported impact of drinking at Nebraska post-secondary institutions? (Miss a class, Do something one regrets, Damage property, Get hurt or injured)

ANSWER: Do something one regrets.
Results of Drinking
Missed a class Got behind in school work Did something you regretted Forgot where you were/what you did Engaged in unplanned sexual activity Got into trouble with campus or local police Got hurt or injured
19.9% 19.1% 34.3% 16.4% 15.6% 9.1% 8.3%
It's important to talk to your sons and daughters about some of the problems that can result from drinking. Talk to them about how drinking can put them at risk - legally, physically, academically, and/or socially.

Drinking is allowed at Clarkson in which of the following places? (Residence Hall, Parking Lot, Campus Buildings, Drinking is not allowed at any of them without a permit)

Drinking is not allowed at any of them without a permit.

Clarkson is a permit-only campus, which means that alcohol is NOT allowed anywhere on campus property at any time EXCEPT when a campus permit has been granted for a specific purpose or activity.

Students who violate any alcohol policy will be cited and sanctioned according to University policy.


Any student who violates the alcohol policy will be sanctioned according to the college policy and may face sanctions off-campus as well depending on the violation.