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Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, 1997 (ICPSR 3163)

Published: Nov 22, 2005

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

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This study resurveyed colleges that participated in the HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH COLLEGE ALCOHOL STUDY, 1993 (ICPSR 6577). As in the 1993 survey, this 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, injury, and trouble with police). 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, use of condoms during sexual intercourse, date rape, drunk driving, and attendance in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and Narcotics Anonymous. Background variables include age, sex, marital status, religion, mother's and father's drinking habits, race, and Hispanic origin.

Wechsler, Henry. Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, 1997. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-11-22.

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As explained in the ICPSR Processing Note in the codebook, variables COLL_ID (college ID number), STUDY_ID (unique respondent identifier), and SERIAL (questionnaire number within school) 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.



This survey is the second round of the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study. The first round was conducted in 1993 (ICPSR 6577), the third round in 1999 (ICPSR 3818), and the fourth round in 2001 (ICPSR 4291).

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.

A random sample of full-time undergraduates was drawn from 130 of the 140 colleges that participated in the HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH COLLEGE ALCOHOL STUDY, 1993 (ICPSR 6577). The colleges were selected from the American Council on Education's list of accredited universities, using sampling probability proportionate to the size of the institution. 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 analytical sample. The last ICPSR version of this study (i.e., the second version of ICPSR 3163) only included the 119 schools of the 1999 analytical sample (ICPSR 3818), which were slightly different from the 119 schools in 2001 analytical sample. In 1999, 119 of the 128 schools surveyed met the response rate cutoff for inclusion in the 1999 analytical sample.

Full-time undergraduate students at four-year colleges or universities in the United States.

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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, COMMENTS, DATERECD, DATESCAN, FORMCODE, 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.

2004-01-22 The principal investigator supplied a revised data file in which the number of colleges was increased from 116 to 119: 4 schools in the first ICPSR version were dropped and 7 schools not in the first version were added. Some variables were removed, others were renamed, and new variables, including two weight variables, were added. Overall, the number of variables increased from 380 to 424 and the case count increased from 14,520 to 14,724. In addition, value 2 for variable F3 was recoded to 0, and some values for variables STUDY_ID, ANYDRUG1 and ANYDRUG2 were revised. The documentation and other supporting files were updated accordingly.


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