ERIC Number: EJ785415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
Social Context of Drinking and Alcohol Problems among College Students
Beck, Kenneth H.; Arria, Amelia M.; Caldeira, Kimberly M.; Vincent, Kathryn B.; O'Grady, Kevin E.; Wish, Eric D.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v32 n4 p420-430 Jul-Aug 2008
Objective: To examine how social contexts of drinking are related to alcohol use disorders, other alcohol-related problems, and depression among college students. Methods: Logistic regression models controlling for drinking frequency measured the association between social context and problems, among 728 current drinkers. Results: Drinking for social facilitation was associated with drinking and driving and housing violations. Drinking in the context of motor vehicles was associated with alcohol abuse/dependence. Drinking in a context of emotional pain was associated with clinical depression. Conclusions: Alcohol-free programming that fulfills needs for conviviality and addresses early signs of depression might reduce alcohol problems among college students.
Descriptors: College Students, Context Effect, Social Environment, Drinking, Alcoholism, Alcohol Abuse, Motor Vehicles, Depression (Psychology)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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