Title

Teaching College Students Standard Alcohol Serving Sizes Using the Red Cup: Which Methods Are Most Effective?

Poster Number

12

Lead Author Affiliation

Education: Student Affairs

Lead Author Status

Masters Student

Introduction

High-risk drinking has been pervasive throughout the history of higher education, and continues its unfortunate legacy today. 1,825 college students die every year due to alcohol-related injuries. Many of these deaths could likely be avoided altogether if students had helpful, practical alcohol education in a format to which they relate.

Purpose

This experimental study examined the effects of three educational interventions in teaching first-year college students standard alcohol serving sizes using an all too familiar drinking vessel in collegiate party scenes, the red cup.

Method

Purposive sampling was used of first-year residential students, with an accessible population of 752 students. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three educational intervention groups or the control group. All participants completed pre-, post-, and 30 Day follow-up pouring tests, in which they demonstrated their knowledge of four standard drink measures: beer, wine, one shot of liquor, and a mixed drink. Descriptive statistics were utilized to make meaning of the data.

Results

As a result of the education, two of three intervention groups showed improved pouring accuracy in at least three of four drink categories at both the immediate post-test and the 30 Day follow-up test. The other intervention group showed minimal effectiveness. The control group showed no notable changes.

Significance

The findings of this study may be used by alcohol education programs to better teach college students standard serving sizes. It stands to reason that if students are more knowledgeable of what standard serving sizes are, they will have the tools they need to make more informed alcohol-related decisions in the future.

Location

DUC Ballroom A&B

Format

Poster Presentation

Poster Session

Morning

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Teaching College Students Standard Alcohol Serving Sizes Using the Red Cup: Which Methods Are Most Effective?

DUC Ballroom A&B

High-risk drinking has been pervasive throughout the history of higher education, and continues its unfortunate legacy today. 1,825 college students die every year due to alcohol-related injuries. Many of these deaths could likely be avoided altogether if students had helpful, practical alcohol education in a format to which they relate.