Michael Fendrich, PhD

Michael Fendrich, PhD
Associate Dean for Research

A family history of alcoholism has been found associated with problematic alcohol use among college students, but less research has examined the effects of family history density of substance use problems in this population. This study examined the prevalence of first and second degree biological relatives’ substance use problems and its associations with heavy alcohol use, negative alcohol consequences, and alcohol use disorder in a college sample. The study was analyzed and authored by doctoral student Gregory Powers. Dr. Michael Fendrich and his team from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee generated the data. They concluded that “family history density of substance use problems may play a role in experiencing negative alcohol consequences and in having an alcohol use disorder among undergraduate college students and may be an important risk factor to assess by college health professionals”.

Family history density of substance use problems among undergraduate college students: Associations with heavy alcohol use and alcohol use disorder in Addictive Behaviors 71 (2017) 1-6.