Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, 1999 (ICPSR 3818)

Principal Investigator(s): Wechsler, Henry, Harvard School of Public Health


This survey interviewed students at colleges that participated in the first two rounds of the HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH COLLEGE ALCOHOL STUDY, which were conducted in 1993 and 1997 (ICPSR 6577 and 3163). As in the previous surveys, the 1999 survey focused on alcohol use and alcohol problems among undergraduate college students. The survey collected information on students' use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs, views on campus alcohol policies and student alcohol use, reasons for drinking alcohol and reasons for not drinking or limiting drinking, and personal difficulties caused by drinking problems (e.g., missed classes, trouble with police, and health problems). Additional topics covered by the survey include overall health status, daily activities, satisfaction with education being received, grade-point average, living arrangements, social life, sexual activity (heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual), use of condoms during sexual intercourse, date rape, drunk driving, and attendance in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. Background variables include age, height, weight, sex, marital status, religion, mother's and father's education, mother's and father's drinking habits, race, and Hispanic origin.

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  • One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. You can apply online for access to the restricted-use data. A login is required to apply.

    As explained in the ICPSR Processing Note in the codebook, variables COLL_ID (college ID number), STUDY_ID (unique respondent identifier), and SERIAL (sequence ID within college) are restricted from general dissemination for reasons of confidentiality. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete an Agreement for the Use of Confidential Data, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research. Apply for access to these data through the ICPSR restricted data contract portal, which can be accessed via the study home page.

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    This study is maintained and distributed by the Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA). HMCA is the official data archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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Study Description


Wechsler, Henry. Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, 1999. ICPSR03818-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-11-22. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03818.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03818.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (030249)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic achievement, alcohol abuse, alcohol consumption, college students, drinking behavior, drug abuse, health status, sexual behavior, smoking, social life, tobacco use, treatment programs

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1999

Date of Collection:   

  • 1999

Universe:    Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in four-year colleges or universities in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Generated by the SAS CPORT procedure, the SAS transport file comprises the data and a formats catalog with the value labels.

ICPSR did not receive any code descriptions for variable COLL_ID (college ID number). Consequently, individual colleges cannot be identified by name with this variable.

This survey is the third round of the HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH COLLEGE ALCOHOL STUDY. The first round was conducted in 1993 (ICPSR 6577), the second in 1997 (ICPSR 3163), and a fourth round was conducted in 2001 (ICPSR 4291).


Sample:    A random sample of students was selected from 128 schools using probability proportionate to size sampling of colleges and universities. However, the data only include the 119 schools in the analytic sample of the 2001 round of the HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH COLLEGE ALCOHOL STUDY (ICPSR 4291). Of the 120 schools surveyed for the 2001 round, 119 met the response rate cutoff for inclusion in that year's analytic sample. The last ICPSR version of this study (i.e., the first version of ICPSR 3818) only included the 119 schools of the 1999 analytic sample, which were slightly different from the 119 schools in the 2001 analytic sample. In 1999, 119 of the 128 schools surveyed met the response rate cutoff for inclusion in the 1999 analytic sample.

Mode of Data Collection:    mail questionnaire


Original ICPSR Release:   2003-11-21

Version History:

  • 2005-11-22 The study has been updated with revised data supplied by the principal investigator to allow for comparable analyses with the HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH COLLEGE ALCOHOL STUDY, 2001 (ICPSR 4291). This version of the data comprises the same 119 schools in the ICPSR 4291 data. Six schools in the previous version were dropped, six schools not in the previous version were added, and six variables (SERIAL, DATEMO, DATEDAY, DATEYR, COMMENTS, and IPEDS) were added. ICPSR revised the documentation accordingly and added a SAS setup file to the collection. The SAS setup includes the PROC FORMAT statements from the previous version of the study.

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