Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing



Research Sponsor

Christine Graor

First Reader

Karen Morgan

Second Reader

Karen Fitzgerald


College students are a population with a high prevalence of risky consumption of alcohol and nursing students, specifically, are no exception. Yet few studies have been done on the use of alcohol in the student-nurse population. Since nursing education and practice are highly stressful, unhealthy coping strategies, such as risky alcohol consumption, are sadly common and seriously detrimental.

This paper explores the self-reported consumption of alcohol in undergraduate nursing students as related to peer, familial, and social influences. Based on the Biopsychosocial Model, many different factors contribute to alcohol use. Using anonymous online survey methodology and convenience sampling, data about self-reported alcohol use, family factors, and social factors is collected from undergraduate nursing students. Data is measured using the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT); the CAGE Questionnaire; the Measure of Parental Style (MOPS) tool; and the Peer Pressure Inventory. Pearson correlation coefficients are used to determine bivariate relationships.