The Impact of Price, Availability, and Alcohol Control Policies on Binge Drinking in College

36 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2000 Last revised: 24 Sep 2010

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Frank J. Chaloupka

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Henry Wechsler

Harvard University - T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Date Written: October 1995

Abstract

The effects of beer prices, alcohol availability, and policies related to driving under the influence of alcohol on drinking and binge drinking among youths and young adults are estimated using data from a nationally representative survey of students in U.S. colleges and universities. Drinking participation, participation in binge drinking and level of drinking equations are estimated using appropriate econometric methods. The estimates indicate that the drinking practices of college students are sensitive to the price of beer, with an average estimated price elasticity of drinking participation of -0.066 and an average estimated price elasticity of binge drinking of -0.145. However, when dividing the sample by gender, one finds that the effects of prices on drinking are limited to young women. In addition, a significant negative relationship is found for the strength of policies related to drinking and driving among youths and young adults and drinking by college students. However, the results indicate that many elements of campus life, (including participation in a fraternity or sorority, living on campus, and the ready availability of alcoholic beverages) are among the most important determinants of drinking and binge drinking among college students.

Suggested Citation

Chaloupka, Frank J. and Wechsler, Henry, The Impact of Price, Availability, and Alcohol Control Policies on Binge Drinking in College (October 1995). NBER Working Paper No. w5319, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=225383

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