OSR Journal of Student Research


The purpose of this study was to assess school attachment in college students and alcohol use. High perceptions of peer alcohol use were expected to be positively correlated with rates of individual student use. Also, as students reported higher rates of attachment to their university, rates of alcohol use would decrease. Furthermore, it was expected that affiliation with a fraternity or sorority would alter the relationship between university attachment and alcohol use. Existing data from LaChausse’s (2012) CSUSB Student Health Survey was used; 311 participants completed the survey, which included measures of current alcohol and other drug use, perceived CSUSB student use, and ratings of university attachment. Pearson correlation coefficients indicated significant results supporting two of the hypotheses. Perceptions of peer alcohol use were predictive of individual use. There was also a positive linear relationship between fraternity and sorority members’ rates of university attachment and alcohol use, as well as a negative linear relationship between non-affiliated student’s rates of university attachment and alcohol use. The results indicate that higher rates of university attachment are related to lower levels of alcohol use.