Date of Award

Summer 8-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Criminology and Criminal Justice

First Advisor

John A. Lewis, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Kathleen Hanarhan, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Erika Frenzel, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Jonathon A. Cooper, Ph.D.


Issues in binge drinking and associated negative behavioral characteristics are elevated within the traditional college population compared to the non-college population of the same age range. Regardless of campus initiatives, binge drinking rates have remained high across national college populations. There is a need to move towards evidence based practices, providing an adequate baseline for campuses to develop sanctions and prevention efforts. The current study takes a multi level approach, developing an overall model of binge drinking characteristics, while also assessing the generalizability of characteristics across multiple college campuses.

The results of the current study indicate similar predictive power of the overall model of binge drinking characteristics; however, there are variations in indicators of drinking behaviors across various campuses. This may demonstrate cause for universities to take a more individualized approach in assessing and implementing drinking related policies and preventative programs. In addition, a common predictive indicator of college binge drinking across all models is an established drinking behavior in high school. It is important to address the high school to college transition by providing campus initiatives at enrollment and orientation that focus on curbing party school images while demonstrating focus on serious academic achievements.