Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. W. C. VanDeventer

Second Advisor

M. R. Wiseman

Third Advisor

George Stewart

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Eston Asher Jr.

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access



The purpose of the study was to·make· a comparison of the drunk driving behavior of college students with that· of those persons in a similar age group who have not had college experience. There is very little published information about the statutes governing "driving under the influence of liquor" (D.U.I.L.). The educable nature of persons involved in such offenses 8 and the probable anti-social and sociopathic behavior in individuals leading up to the offenses, also need thorough investigation. Very pertinent also is the question whether or not there is a biological basis for this particular behavior; an understanding of which may come from the interpretation of data obtained in the various genetotropic studies and experiments.

Only a minority of people are personally involved in alcohol problems 8 but this minority is large enough to create social, economic and health problems which affect a great many people. Even those people who are only occasionally intoxicated cause more court cases than do any other group of offenders except· those,. who come up for traffic offenses. Some of these people are simply irresponsible D others may actually be ill. They come from all classes of society and their behavior is costly, not only to themselves and their families, but also· to their friends, employers and the public in general.