Survey Confirms Alcohol Stereotypes

Athletes, final club members drink more; religious groups less

Harvard binges less often than the rest of the nation, but true to common campus assumptions, athletes and final club members pick up the slack for the rest of the College.

More than seventy percent of Harvard athletes reported binge drinking at least once in a two-week period, compared to just 45 percent of the overall student population, a survey conducted by The Crimson found.

Three quarters of final club members binge drink and more than a fifth are frequent bingers--almost twice the rate for Harvard as a whole.


And true to national averages, Harvard men drink at considerably higher rates than Harvard women.

But one group of students consistently resists the lure of inebriation--members of religious organizations abstain at twice the levels of all students, and less than 30 percent report binging.

At Harvard, then, common stereotypes about college drinking largely hold true--athletes, final club members and men drink more, while religious students drink less--images which the groups largely accept.

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