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College Students and Alcohol Abuse: A Test of Social Learning, Strain, and Acculturation Theories


  • William DeSoto,

  • Hassan Tajalli,

  • Chad L. Smith,

  • Nathan W. Pino


This article uses an original data set to explore the utility of three classic sociological theories to test patterns of college student alcohol consumption: social learning, strain, and acculturation. The survey data indicate that the first two theories are supported. Acculturation, however, does not appear to explain variations in drinking habits of Latino students in our sample.