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Research Highlights

Faculty and Student Research Highlights

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Four Loko Continues to Wreak Havoc Among Young Drinkers
New studies from George Mason University show that young drinkers still dangerously underestimate alcohol content.

Supersized alcopops pose unique risks to young drinkers, despite new serving size labels mandated by the Federal Trade Commission. Two new studies led by Dr. Matthew Rossheim at George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services examine the issue.

Supersized alcopops—such as Four Loko—are sugar-sweetened beverages with as much as 14% alcohol-by-volume (abv) or 5.5 standard alcoholic drinks in one 23.5 oz. can. The studies looked at consumption in three states and found that most college students who drank Four Loko first did so when they were under the legal drinking age, many experienced dangerous effects such as blacking out or vomiting while consuming it, and most grossly underestimated its alcohol content despite bearing new mandated labels. Read the full story.

College launches new student cohort research study “Mason: Health Starts Here” at the Population Health Center

On September 17, the College of Health and Human Services kicked-off “Mason: Health Starts Here,” a first-of-its-kind transdisciplinary student cohort study to understand and improve the health of university students. Research will include a longitudinal study of a broad sample of young adults, specifically first-year Mason students, to capture the diversity of their experiences in college and how they affect their physical and behavioral health. Read the full story here.

Study Finds New Insights on Overdose Rates, County Segregation, and Socioeconomics

A new study led by George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services found new insights into the link between county socioeconomics and segregation on drug overdose deaths.  The study found that socioeconomic factors and segregated counties may affect the rate of drug overdose deaths independently and differently among racial and ethnic groups. This is the first study of its kind to explore both of these influences at the county level. Read the full story here.

Undocumented Latina Immigrants Face PTSD at Four Times the National Rate, New Study Finds
Study found symptoms varied by occupation and were not reduced with longer stays in the United States.

In recent years, Latinos have migrated from Central America to the United States due to violence, high crime rates, and poverty in their home countries. However, violence and trauma continue along their way to the United States. New research led by George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) found that undocumented Latina immigrants meet the threshold for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis at nearly four times (34%) the rate of civilian women in America overall (9.7%). Read the full story here.


Anna Scolese, MPH Student, Studies Intimate Partner Violence