PSU vs SU Alcohol use

Here we will discuss some results about Penn State University (PSU) and Susquehanna University (SU) alcohol use among each universities’ students. These results will give us a  better understanding of the high-risk drinkers within particular groups at each university.


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Figure 1: This figure shows the alcohol use at Penn State University(PSU) in 2014 in regards to gender, race, housing, age, and GPA of PSU students (Allen, 2013).


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Figure 2:  This figure shows alcohol use at Susquehanna University (SU) in 2015, which involves gender, race, housing, and GPA of their students (Allen, 2013).


PSU and SU are similar when it comes to the data shown in Figure 1 and Figure 2. PSU and SU both had higher rates of men consuming alcohol compared to females, higher rates of white students and there consumption of alcohol compared to the minority groups, and students that have a higher GPA tend to drink more than students with a lower GPA.

It was a surprise that students with lower GPA tend to drink less than students with a higher GPA because we as individuals think those with a higher GPA tend to study more and party less compared to students with lower GPA’s. The main difference between SU and PSU is there are more off-campus drinking at PSU than SU because PSU has off-campus housing and SU doesn’t technically have “off-campus housing”. If SU had off-campus housing this data might change, but as for now we as individuals won’t know which university consumes alcohol more. SU had more on-campus drinking than off-campus housing, which could be the fact that there is no “off-campus housing” at SU.  In conclusion, PSU and SU data, dealing with alcohol consumption are fairly similar to one another even though the universities are very different culturally and in number of students.

By: Gaby Van Der Westhuizen