Motivation to drink alcohol in first year university students : having a good time or simply coping?

MOBACH, Thomas and MACASKILL, Ann (2011). Motivation to drink alcohol in first year university students : having a good time or simply coping? Health Psychology Update, 20 (2).

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Abstract

Research suggests that excessive alcohol consumption is a major health concern in undergraduates with typical drinking patterns established in the first year (Berwick, et al., 2008). While the stereotype is that students drink to have fun, some American research has suggested that excessive alcohol use is associated with stress in students (DeHart et al., 2009). The self-medication hypothesis (Khantzian, 2003) suggests that individuals with high levels of stress and anxiety will drink alcohol more frequently as a coping mechanism and this was examined here. The motivation to drink alcohol was assessed in British first year undergraduates (N=137) along with levels of stress, state and trait anxiety, and frequency of alcohol use. The self-medication theory was supported for women but not for men. Women also had higher perceived stress scores than men. The more students were motivated to drink to have a good time, the more frequently they drank.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Psychology Research Group
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2012 10:29
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2012 10:29
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5761

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