Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Richard L. Roberts


This study has quantitatively examined the high-risk drinking levels of graduate students at a mid-size Midwestern university. The sample (N=204) was studied to investigate the hypothesis that the high-risk drinking level of graduate students is lower than the average national high-risk drinking levels of undergraduate college students. Specifically this study has quantitatively (Core Alcohol & Drug Survey) evaluated the at-risk drinking levels of graduate students and sought answers to the following thesis questions: 1) Do graduate students who participate in at least one hour of service per week report a lower level of high-risk drinking than those who do not participate in service? 2) Do graduate students who belong to social Greek-lettered organizations have a higher level of high-risk drinking than those graduate students who do not belong to Greek-lettered organizations? 3) Do undergraduates' high-risk drinking behaviors predict their high-risk drinking as graduate students? 4) Do traditional-age graduate students (less than 25 years of age) drink more than non-traditional graduate students (25 years of age and higher)?