Here’s something else for parents of college students to worry about: students living in coed college dorms end up abusing alcohol more.
Students living in a coed college dorm are more likely to drink alcohol and they are roughly 2 1/2 times more likely to drink excessively. In a study conducted by the Journal of American College Health, 41.5% of students in coed dorms admitted they participated in weekly binge drinking. In comparison only 17.6% of students living in single-sex dorms said they spent time each week binge drinking.
I wonder if it ever occurred to campus housing administrators that putting young men and women together in dorms would trigger binge drinking, but it doesn’t take someone with a PhD to figure out how easily it can happen.
For the minority of students who would prefer to live in single-sex dorms, there is a dwindling supply. The number of coed dorms has skyrocketed during the past 30 years. Today, more than 90% of dormitories are coed.
And here’s more dreary news for parents: Students in coed dorms were more likely to have had a sexual partner during the past year. And these students were more likely to think it’s okay “for two people to get together for sex and not necessarily expect anything further.”
The researchers discovered that the students who live in single-sex dorms were almost always there because of their college placement system. So you can’t assume that kids living in single-sex dorms are prudish Carrie Nations.
Rather, the researchers concluded that there is “something unique about living in a coed dorm that was associated with risk-taking.”