Milroy, J.J., Orsini, M.M., Wyrick, Fearnow-Kenney, M., Kelly, S. E., D.L., Burley, J. (2015), Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education. 59(1)
Alcohol use among college student-athletes should be of great concern due to their risk for
excessive consumption and related negative consequences compared to their non-athlete
peers. Previous research has focused on reasons and/or motives for alcohol and other drug
use among student-athletes, rather than non-use. Additionally, previous studies on student-
athletes have typically focused on a single NCAA division Therefore, the purpose of this study
sought to identify both reasons for use and non-use of alcohol among NCAA student-
athletes, and explore potential differences by gender/sex, race/ethnicity and NCAA Division.
In summary, there are significant differences for use and non-use of alcohol between males
and female student-athletes, White and Black student-athletes, and student-athletes of
differencing NCAA division (I, II, and III).