Exercise 1

Assume you have been asked to design and implement a study of drinking behavior among college students at MTSU. The administration wants to know what factors are associated with increased alcohol consumption in order to develop programs to reduce consumption levels among MTSU students, especially among underage drinkers. Your first assignment is to write a brief review of the most recent sociological research literature relevant to the topic (minimum of 20 sources). Then, using the knowledge you gain from your review, as well as your knowledge of sociological theory, develop several hypotheses (or an hypothesized path model) explaining drinking behavior among college students generally, that should be applicable to MTSU students as well. Try to relate your hypotheses or model to broader sociological theory if you can. Due in two weeks.