Dec 10, 2014 3:54 PM

UNH grad students conduct student drinking survey

DURHAM - Graduate students at the University of New Hampshire are breaking down the science of student drinking. They found about 97.1% of students surveyed have consumed alcohol.

Over the past year, grad students conducted surveys and rode along with Durham Police. In the span of a month, the group observed 60 incidents and close to 30 arrests.
Their study found the majority of students changed their habits after seeing people get arrested.

The partnership between the town and university aims to analyze the alcohol enforcement initiative put in place by police more than a decade ago. Durham town administrator Todd Selig says the goal is to keep students and the community safe.

"The goal of course is to try and to deter binge drinking and problematic behavior by young people who are partaking in alcohol," Selig said.

The survey was done within the Applied Research and Justice Studies department and shows the number of UNH students who drink is 20% higher than the national average. Their numbers would be different if a more random sampling of students was conducted according to a faculty supervisor who believes UNH would be right with the national average of 70% of students who drink.


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