Frequency and Quantity of Alcohol Consumption Among Selected NCAA Division I Collegiate Freshmen Student Athletes in Georgia


Greg Shealey

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Human Performance and Recreation

First Advisor

Dennis Phillips

Advisor Department

Human Performance and Recreation


This study was designed to identify the frequency and quantity of alcohol consumption among selected Division I collegiate athletes during a non-redshirt freshman year of college in Georgia. A total of 136 subjects students were surveyed from Division I universities in Georgia. Information was collected by using the Modified Core Alcohol and Drugs Survey (MCADS). It has been reported that more than 40% of college students binge drink (Weshiser, 2002). Although common speculations of athletic participation would suggest that athletes are somewhat immune from alcohol abuse behavior and related activities on college campuses, research indicates not only is this not correct, but the opposite may be true. The combination of college and athletics may be risk factors for alcohol abuse. A higher percentage of college athletes reported heavy and frequent drinking in college more frequently than nonathletes. Descriptive statistics were used to identify the relationship between frequency and quantity of alcohol use among selected sports, gender, and demographics. A chi square analysis was used to identify frequencies and differences of several variables concerning frequency and quantity of alcohol use. Significant level of acceptance was selected at the .05 alpha level. The results of this study showed that there was a significant relationship with ethnicity, GPA, high school location, living arrangements and the frequency and quantity of alcohol consumed in the last year.