Students underestimate alcohol intake
- By: Sanjit Bagchi
University students underestimate their drinking habits, according to a recent study.1 The team of researchers from Duke University Medical Center found that the majority of the 106 students they interviewed overestimated a single beer, mixed drink, or shot.
Aaron White, one of the authors, said, “We asked students to pour different types of drinks into cups of various sizes. We found that, in most cases, students are way too liberal in their definitions of single servings of alcohol. Regardless of which type of drink we asked students to pour, they almost always poured too much.”
According to White, the study has raised questions about the validity of widely used alcohol surveys and has implications for future surveys on alcohol intake in students. He said, “Most of what we know about college drinking comes from survey data. For some reason, we've all just sort of assumed that we can take students'