From 1993 to 2001, Henry Wechsler, PhD, and researchers at the Harvard University School of Public Health conducted four national surveys examining the drinking patterns and practices of American college students.
The College Alcohol Study identified key individual and environmental factors related to heavy episodic or "binge" drinking and evaluated institutional policies and programs designed to control alcohol problems
Key findings from what the New York Times called "a landmark national study of binge drinking among college students" (Carey Goldberg, September 11, 1998) encompass more than 80 publications.
These include a 1994 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association that drew national attention to the problem of college binge drinking and its "secondhand" effects on non-drinkers, according to the Boston Globe (Doloras Kong, September 27, 1997).
Publications on the College Alcohol Study in public health, psychological, economic, medical, psychiatric, educational, alcohol and substance abuse journals are among the most widely cited articles on college drinking, according to the Science Citation Index.