Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Binge drinking and sex more likely in co-ed dorms

Research reported in a recent issue of the journal, American Journal of College Health, found that students living in co-ed dorms are 2.5 times more likely to engage in binge drinking, and twice as likely to have had three or more sex partners in the last year that students living in single sex dorm

In substance abuse treatment, we tell patients that they may have to change their people, places, and things if they are to avoid triggers for relapse. This idea that external circumstances can trigger destructive and dysfunctional behavior is equally helpful if one is to prevent problems.

If I were a student, or a parent paying room and board at college for my child, I would not recommend co-ed dormitory living based on the findings of this study.

You can read a brief report of the study by clicking here.

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