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Michael Plasay



The health hazards associated with young adults’ frequency of alcohol consumption have been well documented. It has been shown that 40.1% of emerging adults have been involved in binge drinking (i.e., consumption of more than five drinks in a row). The current prevalence rates of alcohol use among young male and female adults are 19% and 26%, respectively. The purpose of the study was to examine the influence of perceived parenting style (i.e., permissive, authoritarian, or authoritative/flexible) on the self-reported frequency of alcohol consumption of 138 U.S. Jewish male and female college students ages 19 to 27 years. The quantitative study drew on the attachment theory, social learning theory, and the parenting styles model as the theoretical framework to answer the three research questions. Data were analyzed using multiple regression. Results indicated that no individual parenting style was a significant predictor of frequency of alcohol consumption. Similarly, no significant relationship was found among parenting style, grade point average, or frequency of alcohol consumption. Results confirmed a significant relationship between gender and frequency of alcohol consumption, with Jewish male college-age students exhibiting greater alcohol use than females. The positive social change implications are that increased awareness of the adverse effects of alcohol may help youth to moderate their intake of alcohol and help parents to make informed decisions that can lead to more psychosocial and physical wellness of their children.