College parties are no surprise, but new research suggests that party hosts who live off campus are engaging in more risky alcohol-related behaviors than their guests. Hosts of campus parties also seem to drink less alcohol than the students coming to the party.
The research is notable, especially with the increase in binge drinking on college campuses throughout the country.
“Party hosts set the context for the attendees. They decide what kind of drinks are going to be there and how many people are going to attend,” said Cynthia Buettner, assistant professor of human development and family science at Ohio State University and the lead author of the study. “So if you could get people to think about hosting a party in a particular way, you could reduce the risks for the people who attend.”