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CIRP Survey: Health and Wellness (including Alcohol Use)

 

2013 CIRP Freshman Survey: Health and Wellness (including Alcohol Use)

The CIRP Freshman Survey asks several questions related to students' diet, exercise, drinking and smoking habits. The information below is based on the responses of fall 2013 incoming first-year students on the Oxford campus of Miami University. Also included are trend data for Miami first-year students for the past 5-30 years and comparison results for students at other highly selective public institutions.

Sports and Exercise
Incoming Miami students spent significantly more time engaged in exercise or sports during their last year in high school than did students at other highly selective public universities. Miami students were also more likely than students at other highly selective public universities to anticipate playing club, intramural or recreational sports.

Table 5A: Sports and Exercise


Mental Health
Incoming Miami students' self-reports of depression and feelings of being overwhelmed were similar to those of incoming students at other highly selective public institutions. Nearly all incoming Miami students (91%) reported feeling overwhelmed at least occasionally during the past year, with 36% reporting that they frequently felt overwhelmed. The percentage of incoming Miami students who reported that there is at least some chance that they will seek personal counseling has risen during the past five years.

Table 5B: Mental Health


Alcohol, Smoking and Partying
Incoming Miami students were slightly more likely than students at other highly selective public universities to drink beer, wine or liquor. Miami students also reported spending more time "partying" during their last year of high school compared with students at other highly selective public universities. However, the percentage of Miami students who smoked cigarettes, drank beer, or drank wine or liquor has decreased significantly over the past 25-35 years, with significant decreases continuing during the past five years. For example, the percentage of incoming Miami students who smoked cigarettes has dropped from 16% (2009) to 8% (2013).

Table 5C: Alcohol, Smoking and Partying

Figure 5D: Percentage of Students Who Drank Beer During the Past Year (1979 - 2013)

Figure 5E: Percentage of Students Who Drank Wine or Liquor During the Past Year (1989 - 2013)

Figure 5F: Percentage of Students Who Smoked Cigarettes During the Past Year (1979 - 2013)

 

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