From Science Daily: Heavy drinking by students is common during the college years and is associated with potentially serious consequences. While student drinking tends to fluctuate throughout the calendar year, with marked increases during celebrations, most studies of the issue are limited to the academic year itself, relatively few focus specifically on special heavy drinking events, and even fewer include drinking during summer break and subsequent school return. This study uses longitudinal data to address these gaps.
Researchers evaluated alcohol-related characteristics among 462 college freshmen (290 females, 172 males) eight times during 55 weeks, beginning in January 2014. This time period included a campus festival, summer, and school return.