Survey Data

The collection and review of relevant data helps us to understand the scope of issues and challenges that need to be reviewed, prioritized and addressed.  It is important, when possible, to review and compare information collected on campus with information collected from larger populations.  The Health Promotion Office will periodically posts results from campus surveys and results of local, state and national surveys.

NMU students were surveyed from 2003-2004 as part of a national research study. This data does not break-down the responses by gender.  The university is scheduled to conduct another substance abuse survey in October of 2007.  While the data below addresses levels of high rates of drinking, it should be pointed out that the same surveys identified levels of non-current use (no alcohol consumption in the previous 30 days) ranging from 25-28%.  To put that number into perspective, that means that despite the hype, perception, rumor and urban legend, at any given time on our campus there are approximately 2,000-2,500 students who have not had an alcoholic drink in the past month.

Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks in a single sitting. The five-year longitudinal study at NMU reflects the national trend in the increase of binge drinking by college students.

Year Students consuming 5 drinks at a sitting  Students consuming 4 drinks at a sitting
2000 43.89% 54.63%
2001 44.00%  51.80%
2002 48.90% 53.20%
2003 47.10% 51.70%
2004 48.40% 51.20% 

There was an absolute increase in binge (5 or more drinks at a sitting) drinkers of 4.69% from 2000 until 2004 and there was an absolute decrease in binge (4 or more drinks at a sitting) drinkers from 2000 until 2004 of 3.43%.