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Counseling Center

Division of Student Affairs

Social Norms

How does your drinking pattern compare to others?


Drinking Patters


Although it is true that college students drink more than non-college students, it is a MYTH that all college students drink.  According to a 2012 survey: 

  • 1/3 of the ETSU student population does not drink regularly or drink at all
  • Only about 20% of ETSU students engage in binge drinking regularly (during the last month)
  • Most ETSU students drink in low risk ways

For some students, it feels like heavy drinking is more common than this. Social norm research has shown that overestimating the amount others drink is a frequent mistake. 


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