Alcohol Consumption Among Athletes and Non-Athletes

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Alcohol Consumption Among Athletes and Non-Athletes On college campuses, the consumption of alcohol amongst undergraduate college students continues to be a maladaptive college health behavior. The recreational use of alcohol effects the student population and the health of the students who excessively drink alcohol. The issue caused many research studies to focus on the effect of alcohol consumption based on being an athlete and non-athlete. This study is important because it provides college campuses with a perspective on alcohol consumption behavior between athletes and non-athletes. Additionally, students who consume alcohol can affect school environment. For example, previous research has suggested athletes are more likely to consume more alcohol than non-athletes. According to past research a reason is athletes may deal with more pressure preparing for a game and handling school work than non-athletes. Nonetheless, athletes face more peer pressure from team members, coaches, and family members; therefore, consuming alcohol would be a method of relieving stress. The purpose of the study is to identify a behavioral link of alcohol consumption between athletes and non-athletes. College students who are in athletics are one of the most recognized student organizations on campus that engage in health-risk behaviors (Ward & Gryczynski, 2007). According to Ford (2007), college athletes are at greater risk of engaging in risky activities, such as getting drunk to forget about problems. Many athletes stress over maintaining a balance between academics and a high level of athletic performance. In order to relieve stress athletes consume more alcohol. Furthermore, most athletes assume that alcohol consumption does not effect their ... ... middle of paper ... ...ey used to conduct the study had questions were participants could have exaggerated their answers. This could have led to a common study limitation known as participation bias. Another limitation could have been due to the sample size for this study. This sample size did not compare to the sample size of previous research. For example, this sample size did not contain many participants who identified themselves as being a member of NCAA sports team. Even though there is no difference in alcohol consumption among student athletes and non-athletes this study is important. Alcohol consumption is still a problem among college campuses. Many articles target athletes as a health-risk group for alcohol consumption. However, health educators should focus on promoting alcohol prevention programs that target both athlete and non-athlete students equally.
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