Despite attempts to control college-aged drinking, binge and underage
drinking continues at colleges and universities. Although often
underutilized, faculty have the potential to influence students’ behaviors
and attitudes towards drinking. Little information is available pertaining
to college faculty drinking patterns, views on drinking, or their influence
on college drinking. What little information is available predates the
economic crisis, mandates for increased alcohol education, and the American
Pharmacists Association’s call for increased alcohol awareness in
This study was designed to determine alcohol use patterns and viewpoints
among faculty at U.S. colleges of pharmacy, in particular, to identify
alcohol practices among faculty, use of alcohol with their students,
mentioning alcohol in classroom as a social norm, and perceived drinking
norms within their colleagues.
Following Institution Review Board approval, 2809 invitations were emailed to
U.S. pharmacy faculty for this survey-based study. The survey consisted of
demographic questions, the World Health Organization Alcohol Use Disorders
Identification Test (AUDIT), and questions pertaining to personal and
institution attitudes on drinking and on drinking with students.
More than 96% of 753 respondents had a total AUDIT score <8. Males and
preceptors were more likely to have higher AUDIT scores. More than 75% of
faculty reported never drinking with students.
In order to help pharmacy students address the extent of their alcohol use
and misuse, pharmacy faculty must address their own use, along with their
own and their institutions attitudes and behaviors towards alcohol use.