Alcohol consumption among working students: the moderating effects of workplace policies and college major

Marissa Orlowski, Galia Fuchs, Abraham Pizam

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Abstract

There is extensive research regarding the alcohol consumption behaviors of employees and of college students, yet little work has considered crossover between these populations. This study examines work-related factors and college major (hospitality vs. non-hospitality) in explaining alcohol use at work among employed college students (N = 788). Results demonstrated formal alcohol policies moderated the effects of access to alcohol and after-work alcohol-use norms (social drinking), but not the effect of at-work norms (coworker behaviors). No effects were found for college major. Hospitality majors reported a slightly higher consumption level; however, less than 6% reported high-risk behaviors. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-298
JournalJournal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Alcohol use
  • college major
  • college students
  • hospitality students
  • workplace alcohol policies
  • workplace norms

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