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CHAPTER I
INTRODUCTION

A. Background of Study
This study covers the determinants of alcohol drinking among OLOPSC students. From the researcher’s observation, alcohol drinking is a big part of college student’s activities nowadays. Some considered it an essential part of celebrations, sharing problems, escaping boredom, or just discussing business matters. Identifying the influential persons and causes why OLOPSC students drink alcoholic beverages will help us understand and relate to their behavior.

B. Statement of the Problem
This study examined to identify the determinants of drinking alcoholic beverages among OLOPSC students. Specifically, the study tried to answer the following questions. 1. Why do college students drink alcoholic beverages?

2. Who influences the students to drink alcoholic beverages?

C. Significance of the Study
This study was conducted to identify the influential persons and causes of alcohol consumption among OLOPSC students and may serve as reference for future researchers and students. The study may help advisers and school administrators to understand today’s students to be able to relate with them and give accurate advices; that they may understand and help students deal with their personal conflicts associated with drinking that may pose threats to their educational goals and health. For parents, this study may help them gain valuable insights on the influences of alcoholic beverages to their teenagers. So they can establish clear standards for teenage behavior in order to provide possible preventive measures or advice of how to become a responsible drinker.

D. Scope and Limitations of the Study
Only OLOPS college students were involved in the study. In reference to Senate Bill No. 2636 “Anti-Underage Drinking Act” that sets minimum legal drinking age at 18 years of age, this study was conducted only for college students ages 18 and above. This study was focused mainly on the determinants of drinking alcoholic beverages among OLOPSC students and did not cover any information or details of domestic violence, crime, sexual abuse, murder, drug abuse and suicide that were associated with alcohol consumption. CHAPTER II

REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE AND STUDIES

According to Valbuena (1994), in a survey conducted by the University of the Philippines, sixty percent (60%) or 5.3 million Filipino youths are said to be drinking alcoholic beverages. Regardless of gender that more Filipino youths, or some may be considered as students, are already drinking alcoholic beverages. Valbuena implied in her study that families and friends could be contributory factors why teenagers drink alcohol to wit:

“Teenagers said their family and friends have influenced them to experiment with drinking alcohol. Underscoring the critical role that the family plays in youth behaviors, young people seem to take their cue from their own parents' attitudes and behavior. Thus, a boy who grows up with an alcoholic father is more likely to become one himself”. 1

According to Newbury-birch (2009), relationships in family also play a role. Whilst good family relations work as protective factor, poor relations often lead to increased probability of early initiation with drinking and higher levels of alcohol abuse. Appropriate level of monitoring and support of the adolescent are also connected with reduced consumption.

According to Templin & Martin (1999) Not only are there differences in the drinking habits of students when race is a factor, but there are also differences among students who are religious compared to those who are not. In a study looking at the relationship between commitment to religion and drinking behavior among Catholic college students, Templin and Martin (1999) reported an inverse correlation between the two, especially in the case of women. While the investigation suggested that students who exhibit religiosity drank less when compared to students who are...
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