Date of Award

Spring 5-1999

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Jocelyn Freeman

Second Advisor

Dr. Carliss Washington

Third Advisor

Dr. Murelle Harrison


This study investigated the alcohol consumption and stress factors related to alcohol use among 1,475 African American college students attending three different historically black colleges and universities. The Assessment Questionnaire of Behavior Patterns and Stress in College Students was used in this research. Results indicated no significant gender differences in the frequency of alcohol use. However, considerable gender differences were found in getting high or drunk. Only slight differences in alcohol consumption were found for age. Data analyses revealed significant stress factors related to incidences of getting high and gender, particularly for males. Implications for university and rehabilitation professionals are indicated such as outreach programs, preventive awareness programs, counseling sessions, and workshops.