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June 28, 1995

Binge Drinking in College-Reply

Author Affiliations

Harvard School of Public Health Boston, Mass

JAMA. 1995;273(24):1904. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520480021023

In Reply.  —Dr Bohlmann, Dr Meilman, and Ms Dimeff and colleagues raise important points in their letters commenting on our article. We agree with Bohlmann that secondary binge effects on nonbinging students are a major component of alcohol problems in colleges and may occur in all types of institutions from junior colleges to graduate or medical schools. Heavy episodic drinking among young people is a societal problem and not one limited to a few institutions of higher learning.Meilman is correct in identifying two active and preexisting national databases: the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey1 and the Monitoring the Future Project.2 The first consists principally of schools participating in Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), which is funded by the US Department of Education and is an invaluable tool for monitoring student drinking in participating institutions. It has amassed the largest US database on college drinking,

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